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Shameful vendetta, says Teesta Setalvad, as CBI raids her home, office in Mumbai

The case was registered under sections of the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and the Indian Penal Code.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai/ahmedabad | Updated: July 15, 2015 7:55 am
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A 12-member team of the CBI carried out raids Tuesday at the Mumbai home and office of activist Teesta Setalvad in connection with allegations of illegally accepting foreign funds.

The agency, which raided three locations, is probing allegations of embezzlement against Setalvad; her husband Javed Anand; businessman Gulam Mohammed Peshimam; and Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt Ltd. On July 7, the CBI had registered a case against Setalvad for allegedly receiving funds from foreign entities without taking permission from the Central government.

The case was registered under sections of the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and the Indian Penal Code.

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“The (CBI action) is shameful political vendetta,” said Setalvad who has been a prime mover in many cases against authorities in Gujarat linked to the 2002 riots.

Referring to these cases today, she said in a statement: “The Zakia Jafri case begins its final hearings on July 27. The Naroda Patiya appeals (Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi) are being heard in the Gujarat High Court tomorrow. This is nothing but a bid to subvert the cause of public justice and ensure that no justice happens in these cases.”

Sources in the agency said similar raids would be conducted in Gujarat and Delhi and added that the activist and her husband are likely to be questioned.

The probe by the Home Ministry came after the Gujarat government sent a letter detailing alleged irregularities by NGOs run by Setalvad. Sources said the two NGOs under scrutiny for allegedly receiving foreign funds are the Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace, both run by Teesta and her husband.

“We had written to the CBI offering full cooperation. The so-called offences relate to documentary evidence. This search is nothing but an attempt to intimidate and humiliate. India should be ashamed that when scams like Vyapam are happening, over 50 persons dying, witnesses in Asaram Bapu case are dying, CBI is not appealing in critical cases related to crimes by politicians. The agency is being unleashed on human rights defenders standing up for the rights of survivors of mass violence. It is worse than the British Raj. Pathetic,” Setalvad said.

CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said the searches were being conducted after following due process. It was alleged that Sabrang violated FCRA by accepting a donation of $2.9 lakh from US-based Ford Foundation without getting clearance from the Home Ministry. The state police have also accused Setalvad of embezzling funds meant for a memorial for the riot victims. She has denied these allegations.

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  1. T
    Oct 15, 2016 at 4:49 am
    The Hindus and Hinduism are endangered species in their own land.
    1. R
      R Nayak
      Jul 15, 2015 at 7:56 am
      The mind set of Setalvad is that she is not an Indian. So India should not be ashamed, it is she & her ociates for what they have done & should be punished for that.
      1. B
        Bijan Mohanty
        Jul 16, 2015 at 10:15 am
        Shameful attempt by Narendra Modi to muzzle dissent. People will respond through votes against Modi.
        1. C
          Jul 15, 2015 at 6:32 am
          There is so called activists who pay lip sympathy and aggravate situation by fueling hatred. It is pigment of imagination to view that State encourages such riots and arson. The situation is that it is administrative failure since our system is not equipped to deal with since the British times. The goodies she bought using credit card from NGO funds and receipt of forex without authorization are statutory violations. If one expects justice for victims and the other expects justice to violators of law.
          1. H
            Jul 16, 2015 at 1:22 am
            Priya, we are not converts like you. There is no proof of Almighty God. There may be gods or there may be none. But there is proverb: Saintly lady never gives curse ,while curse of woman of ill fame never works.
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