SC issues notice to Teesta Setalvad on CBI plea

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to social activist Teesta Setalvad on a petition by the CBI alleging that an NGO run by her received foreign grants from Ford Foundation which were prohibited under then Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).

CBI had called her a threat for national security.

Teesta and her husband got anticipatory bail from from Bombay High court.

Bombay High court rejected the notion by saying that it did not ‘see any threat to sovereignty or integrity of the state.’

Issuing notice to Teesta Setalvad and others, the apex court bench of Justice Anil R. Dave, Justice F.M.I. Kalifulla and Justice V. Gopala Gowda extended the bail granted to Teesta and her husband Javed Anand in the alleged misuse of funds in the Gulbarga society case till December 8.

Directing the listing of the matter on December 1, the court said that Teesta Setalvad will file her response to the CBI plea in four weeks and CBI will file its rejoinder, if any, thereafter.

CBI has challenged Bombay High Court order whereby while holding that the documents being sought by the CBI relates to accounts and therefore it does not require custodial interrogation as it granted her interim bail.

The CBI on Wednesday sought the vacation of the high court order granting interim bail to Teesta alleging that she was not cooperating with the investigating agency probing the allegation.

(Also read: Govt plans to cancel Teesta Setalvad’s NGOs’ registration for violation of FCRA)

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