The Gujarat High Court on Friday directed Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and three others to appear before the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) every fortnight in the alleged Gulberg Society fund misuse case.
The move came during the hearing on anticipatory bail application moved by Setalvad and others before the bench of justice A J Desai.
Setalvad’s lawyer sought adjournment when senior lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, who appeared for state government as special public prosecutor, argued that the accused are not cooperating with the investigation and they should appear before the investigating officer.
Setalvad and others have sought anticipatory bail from the HC after their similar application was rejected by a sessions court in March this year. January this year, the DCB lodged an FIR against Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand, Tanvir Jafri, son of slain Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, Salim Sandhi and Feroz Gulzar Pathan, chairman and secretary of Gulberg Society, respectively. The FIR had been lodged by Feroz Saeekhan Pathan, a former resident of the society where 69 persons were burnt alive during the riots in 2002.
Pathan alleged in the complaint that Setalvad and others grabbed pictures and video footage of the society as well as other riot-affected areas and uploaded it on the websites of Citizens for Justice & Peace & Sabrang Trust to collect funds. The money was supposed to be utilised in construction of a museum at the Gulberg Society in memory of the riot victims. But the project couldn’t take off while the funds collected by them was allegedly used by the accused for their personal purposes.