The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has now officially commenced its probe against civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, in connection with the case of receiving foreign funds without taking permission from the government.
An FIR has been registered by CBI against Setalvad, her husband, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) founder member Gulam Mohammed Peshimam and Sabrang Communications and Publishing Pvt Ltd, the company through which funds were allegedly received.
The Union Home Ministry had handed over the probe to CBI after irregularities were found under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act (FCRA). The case has also been booked under FCRA.
The allegation holds that Sabrang Trust received funds from abroad to the tune of Rs 1 crore. The Gujarat government had alleged that these funds had been misused.
Setalvad is the secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), the organisation which is fighting for justice for victims of communal violence in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The CJP is a co-petitioner, which is seeking criminal trial of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then Chief Minister of Gujarat along with 62 other politicians and government officials for complicity in the Gujarat violence.