Social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand along with Tanvir Jafri son of slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, Salim Sandhi and Feroz Gulzar, filed anticipatory bail petition before the session court in connection with alleged misuse of Rs 1.51 crore collected by them for turning the 2002 riot-affected Gulbarg Society into a museum.
The donation was received by Sabrang Trust and Citizen for Justice and Peace which were run by Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand.
The Bombay High Court rejected the plea, Justices N H Patil and A M Thipsay said the jurisdiction to hear their petition lied with the Gujarat High Court since the FIR was filed in Gujarat.
Ahmadabad city sessions court judge H C Vora rejected anticipatory bail plea. Mentioning that the court has observed in the prima facie documentary, evidence exists against the accused persons which need to go through an investigation.
The hearing had earlier argued that Setalwad and others have usurped funds meant for riot victims and collected donations from India and abroad in the name of making a museum at the Gulbarg Society, but later they used those funds for personal purposes between 2007 and 2014.
About Gulbarg Society
68 people, including former MP Ehsan Zafri, were killed by a mob at Gulbarg Society in Ahmedabad on February 28, 2002, when communal riots were at peak in the State in the aftermath of Godhra incident.