Ahmedabad, April 2: Gimmick of Gulbarg Society Museum of Resistance seems to have backfired on Teesta Setalvad as Police have started investigation against Teesta Setalvad. On complaint filed by Gulbarg society members, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch has started started investigation against Teesta Setalvad. The Crime Branch has directed the well known rights activist to immediately submit records of foreign funding and all details about the financial status of her Sabrang Trust and Citizen for Justice and Peace(CJP).
Last month on 12 March, Members of Gulbarg Society reached the Ahmedabad Police Crime Branch to register complaint against Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand for misappropriation of funds and seeking probe into the funding of Teesta’s NGO. The complainants seek investigations into the funds, which were allegedly collected by Teesta and her husband Javed Anand’s NGOs-CJP and Sabrang Trust, for rehabilitation of the 2002 riots affected.
These complainants claimed that Setalvad and her husband had gathered funds in the name of the society. “Neither have they used the funds for reconstruction of houses, nor for the development of the museum….Hence it is a clear case of cheating, fraudulent activities, criminal conspiracy to keep the matter alive by fraudulently taking us into confidence and misappropriation of funds,” the complaint reads.
The Ahmedabad Crime Branch has issued a letter in the name of Teesta Setalvad to inform her about the initiated inquiry against her Sabrang Trust and NGO CJP. The letter directs Teesta to submit copies of FCRA registration granted by the Home Ministry to both entities and to clarify about the purpose of obtaining FCRA.
The letter also asks Setalwad to give details of how much money she has collected as donation for the purpose of developing Gulberg Musium. The letter has stated minute details of bank accounts of Sabrang and CJP and asked to submit their account statement. The letter also seeked details of the advertisements published in Communalism Comabt and Website of CJP for generous donation to develop the ‘Gulberg Society Musium of Resistance’.
Meanwhile Gulberg residents have earlier strongly claimed that they have details of Fund that Teesta has collected from various countries of the world including South Africa, Kuwait, Netherlands etc. In only one year, Teesta received Rs 1.5 crore fund.Gulberg resident Firoz Pathan has told media that he has received all details through Right to information act and he has all documents.
The residents had also alleged that Teesta Setalvad approached several Gulbarg Society members through Tanveer Ehsaan Jafri to patch up the differences and offering good amount to the members to purchase their houses.
Complaint which is jointly signed by 10 members of the Society states that Every year on 28th February Setalvad used to organize functions where victims and eyewitnesses were projected as a show piece in front of national and international Media. During such functions, various schemes for rehabilitation of riot victims, financial support and support for reconstruction of our houses were announced by Setalvad under the banner of her NGO, CJP.
Complaint further stated that “ we came to know that Teesta Setalvad from the last several years giving advertisements in her magazine “Communalism Combat” and on its website calling people to generously donate to develop a memorial for the victims of communal violence,i.e. “ Gulbarg Society Museum of Resistance”. Appeals were made to generously donate towards this idea in the name of “Sabrang Trust, Mumbai”. Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand are the trustees of Sabrang Trust.
She even promised to purchase all the damaged houses of our society at the current market price to convert the same into “Gulbarg Society Museum of Resistance”. But during the last ten years neither we were provided any financial support to reconstruct our houses by her nor was our society converted into a Museum.
It is interesting to see how Teesta Setalvad reacts to this investigations against her foreign fund malfunction strongly claimed by her one time friends which have turned foes due to her hate politics and cheating, misguiding and luring the victims in a worst manner.