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Teesta Setalvad and her husband’s interim bail is extended by the Supreme Court, till April 29

New Delhi: Yesterday, i.e. on 9th day of March, the honourable Supreme Court of India has extended the Interim Bail in favour of Teesta Setalvad and her Husband till 29th day of April, this year.

Teesta Setalvad and her Husband happen to be the Social activists and are accused in connection with the two criminal cases of alleged embezzlement of funds. And such cases were lodged against them by the Gujarat Police and Central bureau of Investigation- CBI.

Moreover, it was also seen that the bench comprising of Justice- A. R. Dave, Justice- F. M. I. Kalifulla and Justice- V. Gopala Gowda, which has decided the extension of the Interim Bail of these accused(s) have also referred the matter to the Chief Justice of India- T. S. Thakur, for constituting another bench for hearing it.

The Bench in its observation said that a regular bench will be set up by the Chief Justice of India for hearing the accused(s) plea as the present combination of Judges are not setting together on a day- to- day basis. Moreover, it was further seen that the plea sought on behalf of the Teesta Setalvad and her husband- Javed Anand, by the senior advocate- Kapil Sibal, being representative advocate to them, was denied by the concerned bench. However, for a particular duration the interim bail is extended till further order. The earlier order of granting interim bail in favour of these accused(s) is going to expire on 18th day of March.

It was seen that on 28th day of January, the Apex Court had asked the accused(s) to co- operate in the investigation process initiated by the Gujarat Police and CBI, as these agencies were having allegations against them that they were not co- operating with the investigation and also not supplying concerned documents in connection with the disputed funds.

It is further notable that the alleged embezzlement of funds for museum at Gulbarg Society, Ahmadabad, is being probing by the Gujarat Police and the CBI is probing the purported violations of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act in relation to the utilization of funds received from Ford Foundation, by the couple’s running company.

Adv. Faim Khalilkhan Pathan

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