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Teesta Setalvad, husband get anticipatory bail

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court docket on Friday granted anticipatory bail to social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband, Javed Anand, in reference to the alleged Rs 1.4-crore embezzlement case.
While granting pre-arrest bail on furnishing a Rs 1 lakh private bond, Justice J B Pardiwala noticed, “There is prima facie material as reflected from the papers of the investigation to indicate that the candidates got the grant by way of training fraud.”

The HC took a significant view of Setalvad’s alleged uncooperative behavior and stated that any lapse in showing earlier than the investigators would result in cancellation in their bail. “At any point of time if the investigating officer unearths that the candidates are not cooperating with the investigation or are evading solutions to express questions, then it will likely be open for the state to move the concerned court docket taking over cancellation of bail matters for cancellation of anticipatory bail,” the HC stated.

The court docket additional stated, “Merely forwarding the documents through a messenger or chartered accountant is not going to be enough in the details and circumstances of the case.” The accused had been directed to appear earlier than police on February 15.

The court docket was once vital of submissions by way of Setalvad’s recommend, that she is a renowned journalist and winner of prestigious awards for social service. The court docket also refused to shop for the argument that the complainant in the case, Setalvad’s former aide, Raiskhan Pathan, is a disgruntled person. “…in truth, it is this so referred to as disgruntled one who is aware of the bits and bobs of the candidates as far as the administration and affairs of the believe is anxious. He would be in a better position to inform in regards to the administration of the believe to the police,” the court docket noticed.

Gujarat police registered an FIR against Setalvad and her husband on March 30 ultimate 12 months, upon Pathan’s grievance, that their NGO got grants for a “Khoj Project” below the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, though it was once no longer eligible. After obtaining the finances, the duo allegedly transferred it to their non-public accounts and used the cash to pay witnesses of the 2002 riots instances to make false affidavits.

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