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Supreme Court extends activist Teesta Seetalvad’s protection from arrest

New Delhi: Social activist Teesta Seetalvad and her husband Javed Anand on Tuesday sought the Supreme Court to expunge the Bombay High Court’s remark against her in the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) violation case.

The court issued notice to CBI, which alleged that the couple had received 2,90,000 US dollar fund from US-based firm Ford Foundation illegally through their NGO Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt Ltd in 2006 and the money was used against the national interest and communal harmony, was asked to respond to her plea.

She told the court that the Bombay High Court while granting them anticipatory bail had erroneously remarked that there was “prima facie” violation of the FCRA by them.

Meanwhile, the bench, extended till January 31 the interim protection from arrest granted to the couple in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds for a museum at Ahmedabad’s Gulbarg Society that was devastated in the 2002 riots.

The couple is facing two cases-one is the case by Gujarat police for alleged embezzlement of funds to construct a museum in the name of riot victims and the second was by CBI for allegedly receiving foreign fund illegally.

The CBI has challenged the August 11 order of the Bombay High Court granting anticipatory bail to Setalvad and her husband in the FCRA violation case, claiming the court had erred in giving relief after holding “prima facie” that they had violated the law. While the couple has denied all charges, claiming they are being victimised for taking up the cause of riot victims.

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