To defame PM Modi in the Gujarat riots, Teesta Setalvad got funding of crores from the country and abroad, know the full story
The Supreme Court upheld the clean chit given by the SIT to the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 63 others in the Gujarat riots. At the same time, the Supreme Court also advocated legal action against the officials and alleged social activists who tried to sensationalize the matter and make the case politically hot. The Supreme Court said that the matter was kept alive for years due to vested interests. Appropriate action should be taken against those who misused the legal process and tried to mislead the court. The Supreme Court also said that co-petitioner Teesta Setalvad in this case exploited the sentiments of Zakia Jafri. ATS has arrested Teesta Setalvad from Mumbai after the order of the Supreme Court. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Gujarat Police took Teesta Setalvad into custody from her house on Saturday afternoon.
BJP's allegation, that the UPA government gave Rs 1.4 crore to Teesta's NGO
BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that the Congress-led UPA government, especially the education ministry, had given Rs 1.4 crore to Teesta Setalvad's NGO. This money was used to campaign against Modi and defame India. Teesta Setalvad was not alone behind this campaign. Sonia Gandhi and Congress were behind Teesta. Patra said Teesta was also a member of the National Advisory Council, headed by Sonia Gandhi.
donation received from abroad in the name of riot victims
Teesta Setalvad played an active role in raising the issue of the Gujarat riots. Teesta formed an NGO named 'Sabarang Trust' and 'Citizen for Justice and Peace to help the Gujarat riot victims. Apart from this, Teesta has also formed a firm named 'Sabarang Communication'. Some riot victims of Gulberg Society had filed a complaint against Teesta, stating that Teesta Setalvad had received donations from abroad for the riot victims, but it was not used for that work.
Teesta's former colleague exposed
Teesta Setalvad's foreign connections were disclosed by his former colleague Rais Khan Pathan himself in an affidavit submitted to the court. According to Rais Khan, Teesta had received a lot of money from abroad through hawala. Teesta and her husband Javed Anand used to bring out a magazine called 'Communalism Combat'. It was funded from abroad. It was considered a direct violation of the FCRA to spend it on a purpose other than the work for which the foreign funds were received. Later, the central government decided to cancel the FCRA license of Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand's Sabrang Trust. The government alleged that this trust violates the FCRA. They use foreign money in anti-national activities.
People started accepting lies as truth
Responding to the decision, Union Amit Shah said that I have read the decision very carefully. The judgment clearly mentions the name of Teesta Setalvad. The NGO run by him had given baseless information about the riots to the police. The Home Minister said that anti-BJP political parties, journalists, and NGOs who came into politics for some ideology together propagated the allegations so much and its ecosystem was so strong that people started believing them to be true.
Teesta had received crores of rupees from the country and abroad
Before the Gujarat riots, between January 2001 and December 2002, there was no money in the account of Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. After the riots, Rs 1.5 crore was deposited in Teesta's account between 2002 and May 2013. 92 lakh 21 thousand rupees were also deposited in the savings account of her husband Javed. Between 2005-13, about Rs, 98 lakh has been deposited in the account of the Teesta and Javed couple. During this, 3 lakh 52 thousand rupees were also deposited in his daughter's account. Teesta was funded by the Ford Foundation, the social unit of the American company 'Ford', with a fund of USD 2 lakh 50 thousand. This amount was received by Teesta's 'Sabarang Trust'. Apart from this, Teesta was also funded by the 'Hivos' organization in the Netherlands. Not only this, he was honored by the 'Federation of Indian Muslim Association of Kuwait.