Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad, who is booked in a financial irregularity case here in Ahmedabad, declared, through a letter released by her NGO’s board of trustees, that at no point had her organisation received any funds in the form of donation from anyone within or outside the country to set up the Memorial of Resistance at Gulberg Society. In the letter, she has also claimed that the trustees stand by her and her husband Javed Anand, who is also an accused in the case.
The letter read: “At no point, Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP) received any funds, either by way of foreign contributions or donation from within India for the Memorial of Resistance at Gulberg Society, Ahmedabad, proposed by the Sabrang Trust.
Sabrang Trust is run by her husband Javed Anand. The letter was signed by its trustees, including Alyque Padamsee, a noted advertisement filmmaker and Padmashree awardee.
Besides, Setalvad also issued a press release by Delhi-based NGO Sahmat in which 30 imminent personalities have made a joint statement, saying that the FIR against her and the others is baseless. The statements have been made by renowned historians Romila Thaper, Irfan Habib among others.
It goes on to state: “The continuing attempts of the highly vindictive Modi government and the Gujarat Police to somehow implicate activists Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, along with three victim-survivors of the state-sponsored Gujarat carnage in 2002 on trumped-up charges.”
Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and three others have been booked in a cheating case, in which they allegedly generated funds to construct “Memorial of Resistance” at Gulberg Society, but suspended it later on. The funds said to be to the tune of Rs.1.51 crore and collected from donors were allegedly used for personal purpose.