The Bombay HC granted anticipatory bail to activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand booked by the CBI under the FCRA for allegedly collecting foreign funds.
The CJP is alleged to have violated various provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
Teesta Setalvad and her husband were apprehending arrest by the Economic Offences Wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on allegations of embezzlement.
The statement was issued by Setalvad after Gujarat police filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court.
The courts must step in when governments persecute individuals like Setalvad.
The police said Teesta and her husband “misappropriated” funds meant for charity for personal expenses ranging from wine, earbuds to expensive mobile phone besides tampering with evidence.
The Gujarat-based activists have alleged that the BJP-led central government was misusing CBI to harass Teesta Setalvad.
Setalvad and her husband on Monday recorded their statement before CBI in connection with a case against their firm for allegedly receiving around $2.9 lakh in foreign donations in violation of FCRA.
On July 14 CBI had carried out raids at Teesta Setalvad’s office and residence in Mumbai.
According to the anticipatory bail application, activities undertaken and the expenses incurred by the Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt Ltd were in accordance with the agreement with the Ford Foundation.
They alleged the FIR registered by the CBI-EOW had been filed “based on a false and mala fide complaint, solely for the purpose of harassing and torturing” them.
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In a joint statement, they said the couple “are being subjected to the worst kind of harassment by the Modi government.”
The demonstrators also held placards that slammed the government for “stifling dissent” and denounced the “vindictive stance” of authorities.
The case was registered under sections of the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and the Indian Penal Code.