February, 21 2017:
Whose money is this? From where did the money in these bank accounts have come?
Supreme Court questioned source of money in bank accounts of social activist Teesta Setalvad and others which were frozen by Ahmedabad police in 2015 after allegations of misappropriation.
Apex Court Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra asked counsel appearing for Setalvad that,”Whose money is this? From where did the money in these bank accounts have come”.
“Atleast court should direct them that the personal bank accounts should be defreezed as lot of time has passed,” stated Advocate Aparna Bhat appearing for Setalvad.
She said they have submitted details of source of money to Gujarat government but till now no action has been taken on defreezing accounts.
Bench has posted matter for further hearing on April 18.
Teesta, her husband and two NGOs Sabrang Trust and the Citizens for Justice and Peace had approached the Supreme Court challenging October 7, 2015 verdict of Gujarat High Court rejecting their pleas for defreezing their personal bank accounts.
One of the residents of Gulberg Society, Firoz Khan Pathan, had filed complaint against the Setalvad and others alleging that money was raised to make a museum at Gulberg Society in memory of 69 people killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots, but it had not been utilised for purpose.
The freezing of the accounts by Ahmedabad Police had come soon after its crime branch had started probing a case in which Setalvad and others were accused of embezzling Rs 1.51 crore collected to convert Gulberg Society into a museum.
High Court had upheld verdict of a lower court in this regard observing that probe was at a serious point in alleged case of Gulberg society fund embezzlement.