The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing allegations of embezzlement against civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and businessman Gulam Mohammed Peshimam and Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt Ltd (SCPPL) has carried out raids at the office and the residence of the activist in Mumbai on Tuesday.
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Confirming the development CBI spokesperson told The Indian Express that the raids are underway at the office and the residential premises of the activists in Mumbai. Sources say searches would also be carried out in Gujarat and Delhi. 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 (IPC). Sources say that the activist and her husband are likely to be questioned during the searches.
According to sources, the Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) ( both run by Teesta and her husband) allegedly received foreign funds. The said amount were diverted to SCPPL. The FIR was lodged after the Home Ministry found alleged discrepancies by the two NGOs under FCRA. The probe by Home Ministry was under taken after a letter sent by the Gujarat government detailing out irregularities on the part of the NGOs run by Teesta and requesting for a thorough probe.
Teesta has been fighting the battle for the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots.