NEW DELHI: In what can turn as a point of relief for social activist Teesta Setalvad, a new bench of the Supreme Court will hear her plea on Thursday seeking anticipatory bail in the case of an alleged embezzlement of funds for a museum in Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad that was devastated in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

No reasons have been shared for the change in bench that has been shifted from the bench of Justices including SJ Mukhopadhya and NV Ramana to a bench including Justices Dipak Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goel.

The bench of Mukhopadhya and Ramana had granted protection for Teetsta Setalvad and her husband from arrest for six years on February 13 and in their last hearing they stated that the allegations against the couple were ‘grave’ and it was not even a case for ‘quashing the FIR’.

The bench had also asked the couple to ‘surrender’ and seek ‘regular bail’ as they were accused of collecting money in the light of riots victims and religion but later granted relief. 

At several occasions during the hearing that was 30 minutes long, the bench had put straight questions to senior advocate and former minister Kapil Sibal making it clear that the allegations were ‘grave’ and warned against dragging ‘politics’ in the matter.

The bench had made it clear that it was not going to be moved by the names of persons in the case and the matter would be treated like that of any ordinary citizen or individual.

(With PTI Inputs)

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