Ahmedabad, Feb 12: The police are now free to arrest social activist Teesta Setalwad in a funds emblezzlement case after the Gujarat High Court rejected her plea for anticipatory bail. An anticipatory bail petition is filed by a person who fears arrest by the police.
The Gujarat High Court Bench comprising Justice J B Pardiwala, which had reserved its orders on January 30 delivered the verdict today rejecting the anticipatory bail plea filed by Teesta and others.
There was a bar on the police to carry out her arrest in the event of the High Court reserving its verdict. Now with the verdict out, the police are free to carry out an arrest of Teesta and others.
The crime branch had filed cases against Teesta and others for misusing the funds, which was allotted for the families of the Gulberg society victims during the Godhra riots. The accusation was that Teesta and the rest had misused funds meant for victims to the tune of Rs 1.51 crore.
The allegations came to light when 12 members of the society had accused Teesta of misappropriating funds. In January 2014, cases had been registered by the crime branch based on the allegations.
The crime branch was probing to find out the exact nature of the allegations. It was found that money had been collected by Teesta and others on the pretext of setting up a riots museum at the society.
However, after the money was collected there were a series of allegations made against her that the money was not put to use.
Following this, the plan to construct a museum was also dropped. The crime branch is probing to find out how much money exactly had been collected and where it had disappeared. Teesta had however accused that the case was politically motivated.