HC rejects Setalvad's plea in misappropriation of funds case
The Bombay High Court today rejected the plea moved by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand seeking quashing of an FIR lodged against them in Gujarat for alleged misappropriation of funds.
A division bench of Justices N H Patil and A M Thipsay refused to grant any relief to the couple after observing that the jurisdiction to decide on the issue lies with the Gujarat High Court as the FIR is lodged there.
A victim of Gulbarg Housing Society incident, where 67 people were killed during the riots, has lodged a complaint with Ahmedabad police against Teesta and Javed and their NGOs 'Citizens for Justice and Peace' and 'Sabrang Trust'.
According to the complaint, the accused had allegedly collected funds in the name of converting part of the Gulbarg Society into a museum and had allegedly misappropriated funds worth crores.
The High Court said it cannot grant any relief to the applicants as the First Information Report is lodged in Gujarat and hence the duo (Teesta and Javed) will have to seek relief from the Gujarat High Court.
(Posted on 04-04-2014)