FIR lodged against Teesta, others for ‘breach of trust and cheating’

Ahmedabad City Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) have lodged an FIR against social activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand, son of slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri - Tanvir Jafri and two other survivors of 2002 Gulberg Society massacre case accusing them of breach of trust, cheating and criminal conspiracy.

Terming the FIR as "vindictive action" of Gujarat Police, Setalvad alleged that "timing of the FIR replete with a threat of arrests" is nothing but "efforts to prevent prompt filing of appeal in the Zakia Jafri case against Narendra Modi and 59 others".

Last month, a magisterial court had given Modi and others clean chit over their alleged involvement in the 2002 riots. The court had accepted a closure summary submitted by a Special Investigation Team (SIT). Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of DCB, Himanshu Shukla was the investigating officer of the SIT that gave Modi a clean chit.

Apart from Setalvad, Anand and Jafri, the other two named accused in the FIR have been identified as Salim Sandhi and Feroz Gulzar Mohammed Pathan, chairman and secretary of Gulberg Society respectively. Both of them lost five members of their families in the massacre.

DCB officials have booked the five under various penal sections of the IPC and the Information Technology Act, while acting on a complaint lodged by one Feroz Saeedkhan Pathan, who used to live in Gulberg Society during 2002 riots.

The case is being investigated by Assistant Commissioner of Police K N Patel. According to Patel, the complainant alleged that the accused had grabbed photographs and video footage of Gulberg Society and other riot-hit areas of Gujarat and put it on two websites of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and Sabrang.

The websites also appealed to donate funds in their bank accounts of Union Bank of India and IDBI Bank. This, the complainant alleged, was done without his consent. And by putting these photographs and videos on the two websites and requesting funds, the accused collected funds of crores of rupees.

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