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SC seeks Gujarat govt reply on pleas to defreeze accounts of Teesta Setalvad, others

India TV News Desk New Delhi 17 Aug 2016, 14:28:53 PM IST
India TV News Desk

The Supreme Court today sought the response of Gujarat government on the pleas filed by social activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and two NGOs -- Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace -- challenging the freezing of their accounts.

A bench of justices Dipak Misra and UU Lalit issued notice to the state and Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said they would file their response within two weeks. The court has now fixed the matter for hearing on September 21.

Teesta, her husband and the two NGOs have approached the apex court challenging the October 7 verdict of the Gujarat High Court which had rejected their pleas for defreezing their personal bank accounts by the Crime Branch of Ahmedabad Police.

The action of the Ahmedabad Police had come soon after the Crime Branch had started probing a case in which Setalvad and others are accused of embezzling Rs 1.51 crore collected to convert Gulberg Society -- where 69 people were killed during the post-Godhra riots -- into a 2002 riots museum.

The High Court had upheld the verdict of a lower court in this regard observing that the probe was at a serious point in the alleged case of Gulberg society fund embezzlement.

In June earlier this year, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had cancelled the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) licence of Teesta Setalvad's NGO - Sabrang Trust, accused of misusing foreign funds.

In an order, the Home Ministry had said that during inspections, various irregularities were found in Sabrang Trust, where Teesta and her spouse Javed Anand work as chief functionary or trustee, and after careful examination of the NGO's response, its registration was cancelled.

With PTI Inputs