The Bombay High court has granted a bail to activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand in the Gulberg Society fund embezzlement case.
While granting bail, the court said that it was unable to find to any threat to the sovereignty of state.
The court has also asked the activist and her husband to cooperate with the investigating agencies.
A look at the case
- A magistrate's court in Ahmedabad on 10 August, allowed police to add charges under three forgery-related sections of IPC to the complaint against social activist Teesta Setalwad and her husband Javed Anand in the Gulberg Society fund embezzlement case. The new charges were under sections 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (using a forged document as genuine).
- On August 3, Ahmedabad police's crime branch had petitioned the court for permission to add these charges to the FIR registered last year. Judge P K Lotiya granted it after a brief hearing today. Sixty nine persons, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed in an attack by a mob on Gulberg Society in Ahmedabad during the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
- Last January, one of the residents of society, Firoz Khan Pathan, filed a complaint against Setalwad and others that they misused the money collected for building a museum in the memory of riot victims.
- Setalwad collected Rs 1.51 crore from donors in India and outside but used for personal purposes, says the FIR, filed under IPC sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 406 (fraud) and 420 (cheating).