The Gujarat police have opposed the anticipatory bail plea of Teesta Setalvad in the Supreme Court, saying the social activist and her husband had misappropriated funds meant for the 2002 Gujarat riots victims. Her anticipatory bail plea was to come up for hearing at a local court earlier in the day but it was adjourned to Friday, thus extending the interim bail. Soon after, she and her husband Javed Anand were called by the CBI for questioning.
In its affidavit, the police alleged that Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand as trustees of Sabrang Trust and Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP) had by diverse methods allegedly misappropriated the funds of charity and converted to their own use funds meant for the rehabilitation and welfare of the unfortunate victims of Gujarat riots of February-March 2002 riots including construction of a dream museum.
The Gujrat police have claimed that the amount, collected for constructing a memorial for the riots victims and for their aid, was spent by the couple for personal expenses ranging from wine and liquor, expensive mobile phones, movie CDs, romantic novels, hair-styling, dining at some of the best restaurants and fast food outlets of Mumbai.
In the affidavit, after 2009, when the salary of both Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand started increasing “exponentially” every year, to evade disclosing misappropriation they unilaterally altered the prescribed form, i.e Schedule IX of income and expenditure statement submitted to the charity commissioner.