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Gujarat govt to Bombay High Court: Teesta Setalvad cheated Godhra riot victims

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 6:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

The Gujarat government has opposed the petition by social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand in the Bombay High Court seeking quashing of an FIR filed against them for alleged misappropriation of funds, stating that the two had cheated victims of the 2002 Godhra riots and embezzled funds collected in their name.

In an affidavit filed on Tuesday, KN Patel, assistant commissioner of police, Ahmedabad crime branch, said that The Citizens for Justice and Peace trust had received Rs4.97 crore as foreign funds from February 2004, when it was registered, till January 2014, whereas the Sabrang Trust, which was registered in April 2007 received Rs2.63 crore of foreign funds till February 2014.

Sabrang had only three trustees, Setalvad, Anand and Amili Setalvad (Teesta's sister). "Hence, it may be called a family trust, created especially for receiving foreign funds," states the affidavit.

The FIR was filed following a complaint lodged by one of the riot victims of Gulbarg society against Setalvad, Anand and the trusts, saying that funds were collected for the purpose of converting a part of Gulbarg into a museum and that they had misappropriated Rs1.51 crore. Setalvad and Anand have argued that the case is part of political vendetta against them for their campaign against those responsible for the Gujarat riots.

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