The Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad on Tuesday objected to Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad dragging Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi into the case against her, her husband Javed Anand, Tanvir Jafri, son of slain ex-MP Ahsan Jafri, and two others, of misappropriating foreign funds meant for 2002 riot victims.
In an affidavit filed on Tuesday which claimed fresh evidence of misappropriation against Setalvad, the DCB contended before a city civil and sessions court, “.Modi is in no way concerned with the accused or with the matter and such tactics of maligning high constitutional functionaries, it is respectfully prayed, ought to be strongly deprecated.”
The court was hearing arguments on the anticipatory bail plea filed by Setalvad, Anand, Jafri and others. Ahsan Jafri, a former Congress MP was among the 68 killed in Gulberg Society massacre on February 28, 2002.
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Setalvad and others have been booked for cheating and breach of trust after a former resident of Gulberg Society lodged an FIR against them. She has been accused of misappropriating funds more than Rs.1.51 crore which was meant for riot victims and survivors.
In the affidavit, investigating officer of DCB has also alleged that Setalvad paid money for her three credit cards from the funds she collected as donations. She allegedly kept changing cards “intentionally so as to avoid any scrutiny by the income tax officials.”
“The donations received by NGOs for rehabilitation are sacrosanct and if money is misappropriated as casually as the accused is raised about the credibility of such Trust and its workings,” the affidavit states.
The affidavit details, “From the scrutiny of credit card payments the most shocking revelation came from the payment made by accused number one (Setalvad) from the CJP’s (Citizen for Justice and Peace) account towards wine and liquor purchases from Chincholi Wines, Mumbai and Duty Free Shop of Mumbai Airport, movie tickets from PVR cinema, regular grocery purchases from Willington stores, Mumbai.”
It further says, “Shopping expenses in Kuwaiti dinars, US dollars, Canadian dollars, Euro, Pound sterling, and Pakistani Rupee have been noticed in the credit card expenses.”
“In order to justify such huge transfers of funds to their personal accounts, the accused, without producing any documentary evidence, have sought to justify the same stating that she had been authorised by the board of Trustees to incur all these expenses. As on date there is no resolution placed on record.”
Defending Setalvad in the court her lawyers reiterated that the case is “politically motivated and guided by political agenda”. They said that DCB has simply put the figures of expenses but has failed to point out the source of money.