Interim relief for Teesta, her husband; no arrest till Aug 10

Mumbai, July 25: Social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband, the Bombay High Court on friday granted the duo 17-day interim relief from arrest in a CBI case alleging that her company received Rs 1.8 crore from abroad without mandatory approval from Centre.

Justice Mridula Bhatkar, while granting Teesta and her husband Javed Anand interim protection from arrest till August 10, said the duo was already given protection by the sessions court.

Teesta and Anand moved the high court seeking anticipatory bail after a special CBI court rejected their pre-arrest bail pleas and also refused to extend the interim relief granted to them earlier on July 17.

"At this stage I do not want to go into merits. Is there any chance of the accused persons absconding. If no, then interim protection can be granted for a period of two weeks," Justice Bhatkar said.

The court directed Teesta and her husband to appear before the office of Economic Offences Wing of CBI on July 27 and 30 and on August 3 and 6 for recording their statement from 12pm to 3pm.

The court refused to agree to the CBI's demand to direct the duo to appear before the agency everyday.

"They have been appearing before CBI from July 17. You must have done some investigation.

Everyday appearance is not required," Justice Bhatkar said.

Public Prosecutor Sandeep Shinde, appearing for CBI, argued that the offence was of a serious nature and custodial interrogation was required.

The court has posted their anticipatory bail petitions for final hearing on August 10.