Social activist Teesta Setalvad on Thuursday [i.e. 19 06 2014] rubbished claims of the city crime branch regarding the audit of NGOs she is associated with and filed an affidavit in Gujarat high court in response to the government’s contentions on charges of embezzlement of funds for a proposed Gulbarg Society museum.The social activist filed the affidavit in the HC during proceeding on anticipatory bail applications filed by her and four other persons.

To counter crime branch’s allegations that Setalvad’s NGOs, Citizens for Justice and Peace and Sabrang Trust, did not submit audited accounts to the charity commissioner for years together, her 96-page affidavit furnished detailed records from audited accounts and bank statements and said that the cops’ claims were completely baseless.

Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, who is also an accused in this alleged fraud case along with three former residents of the society, have maintained that Gujarat Police have leveled fresh allegations in a malicious bid to

arrest them on trumped-up charges.Police had said on June 13 that the auditors of both trusts connived with the trusts in “manipulation of accounts”.

Setalvad said that the cops “clearly have no qualms in affirming falsehoods on affidavits before the courts, sullying reputations and spreading canards without a shred of evidence”.

She also annexed account details and auditors’ comments, saying that the investigating officer’s allegations that funds meant for the NGOs were used for personal expenses and on wine, groceries and film tickets, were false.

The HC has scheduled a further hearing on July 9, and extended the stay on their arrest.


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