THE Gujarat police yesterday informed Bombay High Court that social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand had cheated victims of 2002 Godhra riots. Gujarat police was opposing the petition filed by Setalvad and her husband seeking quashing of the FIR registered against them in alleged misappropriation of funds.
On Tuesday, Cyber Crime Cell of Ahmedabad Crime Branch filed an affidavit before a division bench headed by justice N H Patil in response to Setalvad and her husband’s petition to seek quashing of the FIR lodged against them in Gujarat. The Duo is challenging the police’s move of freezing their personal and their trusts’ bank accounts operated from Mumbai.
The matter for hearing falls on March 20.
According to FIR, Setalvad and Anand had allegedly collected funds in the name of converting part of the Gulbarg society into a museum and had allegedly misappropriated funds worth Rs 1.51 crores. It’s also alleged that the accused, in the name of promoting communal harmony, collected a huge amount (Rs 4.97 crore) of foreign funds and cheated the complainant and several others.
One of the riot victims had lodged a complaint with the police against Teesta, Anand and the NGOs run by them – Citizens for Justice and Peace and Sabrang Trust.
However, Teesta and Javed have claimed that they were being targeted by the perpetrators of the riots.