Supreme Court gives notice to Gujrat govt on defreeze account of Teesta Setalvad


Surat: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the response of Gujarat government on the pleas filed by social activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and two NGOs challenging the freezing of their accounts by the Crime Branch of Ahmedabad Police.

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After the Gujarat High Court refused to give any relief, the social activist and her husband Javed Anand had moved the Supreme Court to defreeze the bank accounts belonging to them as well as their NGOs.

The Crime Branch of Ahmedabad had frozen the bank accounts for alleged embezzlement of funds. Seetalvad in her plea had said that her personal accounts have no relation to the current investigation.

The Gujarat High Court had dismissed the plea of the duo since the investigation in the case was still on. The  High Court had further said that there was no substance in the plea of Seetalvad.

The licence of the NGOs belonging to Seetalvad were cancelled by the Home Ministry for alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. Setalvad and her husband have been granted interim protection from arrest from the court and have been asked to cooperate with the investigation.

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