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No arrest of Teesta Setalvad in fund embezzlement case till May 31: SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today extended the interim protection from arrest and transit granted to activist and her husband by the from May 2 to May 31 in the fund embezzlement case lodged by the police.

The top court, however, asked Teesta and her husband to seek from the competent forum in

A bench headed by Justice said if remedy is sought by Teesta and her husband then the concerned court should decide the matter on merit.

and Tushar Mehta, appearing for Gujarat, said the had passed a blatantly illegal order and transit should not have been granted.

C U Singh, appearing for Teesta and her husband, said the HC was right in granting transit bail as the alleged offence pertains to an educational project in

He said in this case, the HC had jurisdiction to issue the transitory bail.

The bench, which also comprised Justices and M M Shantanagoudar , however, observed it is a that where the FIR is lodged, the jurisdiction lies with the concerned court of that state.

On April 5, the had ordered social activists and her associate should not be arrested till May 2 in a criminal case lodged against them by the police for alleged misappropriation of funds.

The case was registered by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch on a complaint accusing Setalvad and Anand of "fraudulently" securing grants of Rs 1.4 crore from the union government through their between 2008 and 2013.

As per the Gujarat police, the funds had been ostensibly obtained to help the victims of the 2002 post-Godhra Gujarat riots, but were misappropriated or used for other purposes.

The complaint was registered under sections 403 (dishonest misappropriation of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) of the Indian Penal Code.

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First Published: Mon, April 09 2018. 14:05 IST