Supreme Court gives temporary relief to Teesta Setalvad in fund embezzlement case

Civil rights activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. Giri

The Supreme Court on Monday extended the interim protection from arrest and transit anticipatory bail granted to activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband by the Bombay High Court from May 2 to May 31 in a fund embezzlement case.

A three-judge Bench led by Justice Kurian Joseph observed that they would have to move the competent court in Gujarat for anticipatory bail. It said the Bombay High Court had no jurisdiction to entertain their plea as the FIR was registered by the Gujarat police.

“Since the FIR is in Gujarat, the competent court will be in Gujarat,” a Bench comprising also of Justices M M Shantanagoudar and Navin Sinha said.

“We direct the respondents (Setalvad and Javed Anand) to seek appropriate remedy from the competent court in Gujarat before May 31. The interim bail granted by Bombay High Court shall extend till May 31,” the Bench said.

The Bench made it clear that it was confining the issue in the case only for dealing with the transit anticipatory bail granted by the Bombay High Court and all other aspects of the order has to be vacated, as “the Bombay High Court has no jurisdiction on it“.

The Ahmedabad Police had moved the apex court against the April 5 order of the Bombay High Court by which the couple were protected from arrest till May 2 in an FIR registered on March 31 for allegedly securing central government funds worth Rs 1.4 crore “fraudulently” for her NGO Sabrang between 2010 and 2013.

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Printable version | May 11, 2021 6:47:49 PM |

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