Ahmedabad, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

The Gujarat High Court today extended stay against the arrest of social activist Teesta Setalwad and her husband Javed Anand till April 23 in connection with their petition against lower court order rejecting their antcipatory bail petition in connection with Gulbarg Society fund embezzlement case.

During the hearing on the petition, the state government sought time to file reply on the court notice regarding Setalwad's application for anticipatory bail.

The state government also assured the court that it will not arrest anyone connected with the case till April 23.

Justice A S Dave extended the stay against the arrest of Teesta and her husband till April 23.

The Justice fixed further hearing on the same date.

Earlier, the court asked Setalwad whether all her expenses were audited or not.

In her reply, Setalwad said she had the audit reports of her expenses.

A local court here had rejected the anticipatory bail petition filed by Setalwad on March 25.

During the hearing in the local court, the prosecution had claimed that there was a clear prima facie case against the accused and their custodial interrogation was important for further investigation.

Objecting to the anticipatory bail petition by Teesta and her husband, the prosecution had said the social activist had allegedly used the foreign funds for personal use.

The prosecution had argued that lakhs of rupees from the funds were deducted from her NGOs' accounts.

The funds were meant for the riot victims.

Earlier, prosecution had alleged that Setalwad's NGOs had negligible funds in 2007 but till February this year their accounts have been flourished with crores of rupees.

Twelve residents of Gulbarg Society had demanded Rs 1.51 crore from Setalvad last year alleging that money collected in their name was never distributed.

On February 28, 2002, following the Godhra train carnage, 68 people including former MP Ehsan Zafri were killed by a mob at Gulbarg Society here during the riots.

(Posted on 04-04-2014)