Teesta Setalvad Embezzled Funds for Wine, Hairdressers: Gujarat Cops

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Teesta Setalvad and her husband splurged on wine and whiskey and ate at fancy Mumbai restaurants with funds embezzled from their NGO, the Gujarat government claimed in the Supreme Court.

While contesting Ms Setalvad’s request for anticipatory bail, the state’s police accused her and her spouse Javed Anand of trying to tamper with evidence to impede the investigation against her. It said documents obtained show that Ms Setalvad claimed reimbursement for hairstyling expenses occurred “during trips to Rome and Pakistan“.

Earlier this month, the Central Bureau of Investigation raided Ms Setalvad’s home Mumbai after filing a criminal case against her for violating foreign exchange laws and misusing the funds donated to her NGO by the US-based Ford Foundation in 2009. At an earlier hearing, the CBI described her as “a threat to national security.”