Teesta Setalvad diverted Rs 3.85 crore for personal use: Gujarat Police tells SC

New Delhi: Social activist Teesta Setalvad woes seem to have no end. The Gujarat Police told Supreme Court it has evidence that Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand siphoned off Rs 3.85 crores for personal use from the Rs 9.75 crore donations received by their NGOs for the welfare of the 2002 riot victims.

According to the 83-page affidavit filed by ACP Rahul B Patel, Setalvad and Anand and their trusts have not cooperated with the police to provide the documents required to investigate the complaints by the 2002 riots victims at Gulbarg Society which said they did not deliver what they had promised once the donations increased.

The affidavit also reveals that the couple siphoned money from HRD Ministry grant of Rs 1.40 crore between February 2011 and July 2012, according to The Times of India report.

The police rejected claims made by Setalvad and Anand that most of the riot-related cases were fought free of cost by top lawyers. They said that the couple had paid over Rs 71.40 lakh to the lawyers.

The affidavit highlighted that Setalvad and Anand both "calculatingly misappropriated trusts massive funds and pocketed in their personal account" and has sought their custodial interrogation of the couple.