SC grants protection to Teesta Setalvad, her husband from arrest till May 31

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MUMBAI: In part relief to human rights Activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, the Supreme Court didn’t upset an interim transit pre-arrest bail granted by Bombay high court after Gujarat police on Monday informed said that it wouldn’t arrest them till May 31 in connection with a fresh FIR.

But on a plea from the Gujarat police, the SC stayed part of the high court order which had allowed Teesta to seek extension of the pre-arrest bail from Bombay HC itself.

Senior counsel Mahesh Jethmalani on Monday appearing for Ahmedabad police made a statement in the apex court that though the police wanted to challenge the HC relief for Teesta, it “would not obstruct” her foreign travel plans.

On April 5, the HC had restrained police from arresting Setalvad, 56, and Anand, 68, till May 2. Ahmedabad police had in January registered a FIR for offences of cheating, corruption and hate speech, against Setalvad, Anand and others. The FIR alleged that the duo had colluded…

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