A bench of Justices A R Dave and Adarsh Kumar Goel said the interim protection from arrest, granted earlier by the apex court, will continue till October 15.
As the interim protection was set to expire on September 15, Teesta‘s counsel Kapil Sibal and Aparna Bhatt mentioned the issue before the bench for extending the protection.
The couple had moved the apex court after the Gujarat High Court denied them anticipatory bail in the case. While staying the order of the HC, the Supreme Court had on March 19 referred it to a larger bench saying the issue required a harmonious construction between regulated freedom and non-cooperation of accused in investigations.
Setalvad and her husband have been booked by the crime branch of Gujarat police on charges of cheating, breach of trust and under the IT Act, in a matter relating to the construction of “Museum of Resistance” in the Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad which was hit by communal riots in 2002.
The couple refuted the allegations leveled against them and contended that they were being targeted by the government due to political vendetta.
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