Ahmedabad: The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the arrest of social activist Teesta Setalvad till Friday in the Gulberg Society fund embezzlement case.
The honourable Court will hear Setalvad's interim bail plea on Friday.
The SC directive came hours after the Gujarat High Court rejected the anticipatory bail petitions filed by Setalwad, her husband Javed Anand, Tanvir Jafri (whose father Ehsan Jafri, former Congress MP, was killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots) and Firoz Gulzar, a resident of Gulberg Society here, in the case.
They are accused of misusing funds to the tune of Rs 1.51 crore.
All the accused now face arrest.
A team of Gujarat police even went to Setalwad's residence following the Gujarat HC verdict.
At the last hearing at the HC, senior advocate Mahesh Jethmalani, who appeared for the prosecution, had put before the court the statements of Setalwad's former accountant Rais Khan who accused her and others of misusing the funds meant for the families of Gulberg Society riot victims.
Setalwad, who has been espousing the cause of the victims of 2002 Gujarat riots, and others, have contended that the case was filed against them with political motives and they had not misused the funds.
On March 25, last year, the sessions court had rejected their pre-arrest bail applications.
The crime branch had registered a first information report in January 2014 against Setalvad and others for allegedly usurping the money collected by them for building a riots museum at the Society. The plan to build a museum was cancelled later.
Twelve residents of the Society had alleged that Setalvad embezzled the funds.
Sixty-nine people, including Ehsan Jafri, were killed in a mob's attack on the society on February 28, 2002, following the Godhra train burning incident.
(With PTI inputs)