A Central Bureau of Investigation court in Mumbai granted activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand interim protection from arrest in a case of FCRA violations.
Claiming that she was falsely implicated in an embezzlement case, Setalvad moved the CBI court Friday for protection from arrest. She was granted interim protection till Tuesday, July 21.
The anticipatory bail application said the activities undertaken and the expenses incurred by the Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt Ltd were in accordance with the agreement with the Ford Foundation. “Activities and financial reports were submitted annually to the satisfaction of Ford Foundation,” the application read.
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Moreover, Setalvad and her husband 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.
Claiming that the present FIR was lodged at the behest of political outfits and had absolutely no merit, the petition said the applicants were actively involved in rehabilitation work in Gujarat after the 2002 communal riots and were working to ensure fair investigation in the riots cases. “As the carnage was motivated and supported by communal political outfits of the party in power, the state government is not appreciative of the efforts of the applicants and are constantly trying to dissuade and disrupt the activities of the applicant,” the application said.
On July 7, the agency registered a case against the activist for allegedly receiving funds from foreign entities without prior permission or intimation from the government. The case has been registered under certain sections of the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and the Indian Penal Code.
The Sabrang Trust and the Citizens for Justice and Peace (both run by Teesta and her husband) allegedly received foreign funds. The funds were allegedly diverted to Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt Ltd (SCPPL). The FIR was lodged after the Ministry of Home Affairs found alleged discrepancies under FCRA.