Teesta Setalvad's Anticipatory Bail Plea Rejected

24/07/2015 4:11 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Secretary of The Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) Teesta Setalvad addresses media representatives during a press conference in Ahmedabad on August 14, 2010, held under the auspices of The Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) organisation. Sandhi spoke of the Gujarat riots in 2002 in the western Indian city which were sparked off by an incident on a train in the town of Godhra. AFP PHOTO/Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- A special CBI court here today rejected the anticipatory bail application of social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband filed in connection with a case alleging that her company received Rs1.8 crore from abroad without mandatory approval from Centre.

"The anticipatory bail application is rejected," said Special Judge Anis Khan.

Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand had moved the court for bail on July 17.

Setalvad told the court that she was shocked.

"I am shocked and aggrieved by the verdict as this is a petty offence. My sympathisers feel that this is an attempt (by the government) to intimidate and possibly eliminate us by the powers ."

On July 8, the CBI had registered a case against Setalvad and Anand alleging that her firm Sabrang Communication and Publishing Pvt Limited (SCPPL) received around 2.9 lakh USD in foreign donations in violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

According to the agency, SCPPL was not registered under FCRA for collecting money from abroad and the amount of nearly Rs1.8 crore was received in violation of the Act since the organisation needed to seek prior approval from the Union Home Ministry.

Teesta and her husband, through their lawyer, had told the court that they were falsely implicated.

Her advocate Mihir Desai told the court that the only reason why the agency wanted to arrest them is to humiliate them for their work in Gujarat.

However, CBI has said that the motive behind the transfer of foreign contribution to SCPPL reflected interference towards the internal security and activities of India.

"Such act of foreign donor would prejudicially affect the security, strategic, scientific and economic interest of the state and also affect the harmony between religious, social, linguistic or regional groups, castes or communities", the CBI had said in its reply while opposing her plea.

The agency said the allegations against them (Setalvad and Anand) are serious in nature and it is proposed to unravel all the contours of the offence and the conspiracy during the investigation.

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