MUMBAI: After massive controversy, the Supreme Court on Friday postponed the arrest of Teesta Setalvad till February 19 in the Gulbarg Society fund embezzlement case.
The top court also asked the lawyers of the Gujarat government to produce some significant documents related to this case at the time of the next hearing on February 19.
Even as the Gujarat police landed at her doorstep to arrest her and her husband Javed Anand, activist Teesta Setalvadfacing arrest for alleged funds embezzlement received a last-minute court reprieve on Thursday for a day.
The Supreme Court has stalled the arrest of Setalvad and Javed accused of misusing the funds raised for a museum atGulbarg society where more than 60 people were murdered at the 2002 communal violence.
While speaking on her matter, former Union Minister and a senior lawyer Kapil Sibal stated that the Gujarat government was using its ‘mighty force’ to detain Teesta.
Soon after the Gujarat High Court refused her anticipatory bail plea, the Gujarat police had arrived at the Mumbairesidence of Teesta Setalvad on Friday.
Declining her anticipatory bail plea, the High Court stated that Teesta was ‘not cooperating’ with the ongoing probe and her custodian questioning would be ‘in public interest’ and ‘in the interest of justice’.
53-year-old Setalvad serving the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots for long has denied of misusing approximately Rs. 1.5 crore that was put together for the museum at the Gulbarg society and says that the allegations against her are politically motivated.
12 residents of the society had registered the complaint against her after the museum project was apparently put on hold.
The Chief Justice of India, HL Dattu stated that the anticipatory bail application of Teesta Setalvad will be taken up on Friday.