Gulbarg fund embezzlement: HC stays Teesta’s arrest until 19 June

Ahmedabad: In a big relief to social activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri’s son Tanvir Jafri, the Gujarat High Court stayed their arrest until 19 June today, in connection with the Gulbarg Society fund embezzlement case. 
The High Court extended the stay after the Additional Advocate General of Gujarat sought time to file a reply, and assured the court that Setalvad and others would not be arrested until further orders. 
Hearing the case, Justice Anant S Dave asked the Gujarat state to explain why they had repeatedly sought additional time in a anticipatory bail hearing.

However, the Additional Advocate General said that they needed time to study documents of the case, after which the Court gave time till 19 June and also extended the stay on arrest of all the five, including Setalvad. 
Earlier on 4 April, the Gujarat government had sought time to file its reply in connection with the Gulbarg Society fund embezzlement case. 
While acting on the anticipatory bail plea of Setalvad, Anand, Jafri, Gulbarg Society’s secretary Feroz Gulzar and its chairman Salim Sandhi, the High Court had granted time until 23 April to file their reply. 
The five had sought an anticipatory bail from the High Court after the city sessions court in Ahmedabad, rejected their bail plea on 25 March. 
The sessions court judge had observed that there was prima facie documentary evidence against the accused, which needed to be probe thoroughly. 
The city crime branch had registered an FIR against Setalvad and others for allegedly usurping Rs 1.51 crore collected by them as donations, for turning Gulbarg Society into a mausoleum. 
However, 12 Gulbarg society residents had demanded Rs 1.51 crore from Setalvad last year alleging that money collected in their name was never distributed. 
On 28 February, 2002, after the Godhra train carnage, 68 people including former MP Ehsan Zafri were killed by a mob at Gulbarg Society during the riots. 

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