1. Spicing up the riot cases
2. Lunawada mass graves
3. Madhu Trehan's attack
Also see Coverage of English media of Mumbai violence simplistically
5 The case of Kausar Bano
6. Memorial of Resistance
7. Tavleen Singh
8. Rais Khan
Distribute funds collected for museum development: Gulberg residents to Teesta
Express news service : Ahmedabad, Thu Feb 28 2013, 02:54 hrs
A group of residents of Gulberg Society has asked activist Teesta Setalvad to distribute the money that she has reportedly collected over the last 11 years in the name of opening Museum of Resistance at the housing society, which had come under attack during the 2002 riots in the city.
A notice signed by 12 residents was sent to Setalvad of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) at her Mumbai residence through post on February 21. The copy of the notice was made public on Wednesday.
The notice stated that the residents have come to know through RTI queries that Setalvad has "collected huge donations from national and international organisations in the name of providing financial assistance for reconstruction of houses or developing the society into a museum".
"But despite collecting foreign donation of Rs 63 lakh in the account of CJP and Rs 88 lakh in the account of Sabrang Trust, nothing has been passed on to the members of society..." it added.
According to the notice, Setalvad had been promising since 2007 and regularly advertising the idea of the museum in her NGO's magazine 'Communalism Combat' to collect donations. She had allegedly stated in her advertisements (annexed with the notice) that she would distribute the money collected for the museum to the society members.
While Setalvad refused to comment on the issue, Feroz Saeed Khan, one of the witnesses in the case, said, "We had to serve a notice to Teesta Setalvad because all these years she promised to reconstruct these houses and also develop a museum. Moreover, it was never clear what she wanted to do with it. The money was collected in name of museum while we were also promised new houses on the same land."
The residents had two months ago passed a resolution to sell off their houses to private builders or locals
2002 Gujarat riots: Ahmedabad Crime Branch to probe Teesta Setalvad's collection of funds
Posted on Mar 13, 2013 at 09:02am IST
New Delhi: The Ahmedabad Crime Branch is likely to conduct an inquiry into activist Teesta Setalvad's collection of funds for Gulbarg Society. The residents had alleged that Teesta had collected donations in the name of Gulbarg Society and had not distributed the money.
A section of Gulberg Society residents met Joint Commissioner of police on Tuesday and sought an inquiry against the activist who then referred the case to the Ahmedabad Crime Branch.
The row dates back to 2006 when Setalvad had proposed to purchase the 5,200 square metre Gulbarg Society land from the residents to set up a museum of resistance through her trust. However, with property prices escalating, residents now want a larger sum. The deal fell through, but Setalvad's trust had already collected donations.
The Gulbarg judgement is still awaited, but differences between riot victims over the property have only begun. The human rights activist finds herself at the receiving end after a set of Gulbarg Society residents sent her a notice, asking her to distribute funds collected by her among the riot victims.
March 13, 2013
Public Statement - from Citizens for Justice & Peace
& Sabrang Trust
A deliberate campaign to vilify the efforts to procure justice for the Victims of the carnage of 2002 that has been sustained and supported by vested powerful interests in Gujarat and the opposition party at the national level has reached new heights over past weeks. Malafide attempts to embroil us in more false cases before the Gujarat police (that can be then manipulated to intimidate our efforts) have compelled us to issue this Communication to the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ahmedabad, Gujarat Police. The detailed communication is self-explanatory. We urge that you circulate this among all peace-loving persons supportive of the struggle for justice against the powerful perpetrators of 2002.
Attached are also letters written by the official members of the Gulberg Society to the Media and the Police.
March 13, 2013
Shri A.K. Sharma,
Joint Commissioner of Police
We the undersigned Trustees and office bearers of the Citizens for Justice and Peace and Sabrang Trust need to bring some distressing and disturbing facts to your notice. We have been given to understand that some persons claiming to be official representatives of the Gulberg society have written to you making false and malafide allegations against our organisation that has been assisting Survivors of the Gujarat genocide of 2002 to access justice. CJP has been assisting dozens of survivors of the Gujarat 2002 carnage and have been co-petitioners in the Smt Zakia Jafri case against chief minister Narendra Modi and 61 others [protest petition to be filed by April 15, 2013].Official representatives of the Gulberg society we are informed have already written to you today stating that the letter-head of the society has been forged by some residents and the claims being made by them are patently false since nothing has been parted from them.
The false claims that CJP has raised Rs 63 lakhs and Sabrang Trust has raised Rs 88 lakhs for the purpose of the construction of the museum, nationally and internationally is a total lie. To clarify, CJP has never sought nor received any money for this purpose. Till November 2012, Sabrang Trust had received a total donation in of Rs. 4,10,285 from donors within India and Rs 50,000 from one individual overseas for the proposed dream museum. This is a matter between our donors and the Trust which we will address when a final decision on the issue is made. All other funds, nationally and internationally raised, have been funds legitimately collected for activities that we publicly engage in. Our accounts are audited and submitted to the relevant authorities.
We would like to state clearly that at no point have any of the organisations that we are connected to claimed any amount or money or land from any person residing at or claiming to be part of Gulberg society. Survivors of the carnage and we did have dreams of a Gulberg Memorial commemorating the state sponsored carnage. This idea that emerged in 2007 had finally to be abandoned when prices for real estate spiralled and we thus informed the society of these difficulties. A formal resolution of the society was passed after this was conveyed to them, leaving the members free to sell off their properties as per law. In no way have either CJP or Sabrang in any way cheated them or let down the society.We believe that with the date of the filing of Smt. Zakia Jafri's 'Protest Petition' draws near, this charade is being orchestrated by a nexus of vested interests to create a diversion and to malign CJP and Sabrang Trust. The cases being handled by us involve the most powerful in the state and relate to public justice and it appears that some vested interests have colluded to make false allegations and distract us from the onerous and dangerous task at hand..
We would like to state that this appears to be part of a sinister campaign being unleashed against us by some persons being manipulated by a former employee Rais Khan Pathan who is using some residents of the society (not official members) and sections of the police and some persons claiming to be official members of the society.We would like to state categorically that both CJP and Sabrang officially receive money for legitimate activities and following the legally required procedures. By unleashing this set of manipulated lies and using sections of the police towards this end, the dubious nexus of these persons with a former employee and the powerful in the state of Gujarat are trying to de-rail the proposed protest petition. Khan tried to petition the FCRA department (see attached documents) in January 2013 and this was followed by an official representative of the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) Gujarat in February 2013. Hence the nexus that we are alleging is based on developments that have been in the public domain and have been clearly aimed at derailing the Smt Zakia Jafri Protest Petition against Narendra Modi and others. (Please referhttp://dailypioneer.com/nation/120144-rais-khan-alleges-fcra-violation-by-teesta-cjp.html
Rais Khan alleges FCRA violation by Teesta, CJP Friday, 04 January 2013 22:26
followed by http://www.indianexpress.com/assembly-elections/news/bjp-mp-seeks-action-against-setalvad/1068267/0 BJP MP seeks action against Setalvad.
In the eleven-long years of the battle for justice, the allegations have remained the same those who made them have changed. In 2004 it was Zahira Shaikh a star witness in the Best Bakery Case. Our organisation and its role has been repeatedly exonerated and recognised for assisting the legal struggle of poor witnesses. In 2010 it was a former employee of our organisation, Rais Khan Pathan. In 2011 Yasmeen Shaikh another witness was egged on by the former employee, Rais Khan. Each time we at CJP have sought impartial judicial exoneration. Sir, please do take a few moments to go through the sustained and malicious campaigns that is enlisted in the accompanying note“Background Facts” (Annexure I). It is clear that he is being propped up by the powerful in the state.
This illustrates how even the current spate of similar allegations sought to be made through some residents of the Gulberg society, are in actuality being manipulated by Rais Khan who is being propped up by powerful persons including influential lawyers representing the ruling party who are supporting him.The Hon’ble Supreme Court has already stayed two such malicious complaints in which even sections of the Gujarat police have played a role siding openly with Shri Khan. The matters are pending final hearing.
Sir we therefore urge that the Crime Branch of the Gujarat Police looks at the complete background and nexus when it deals with the current set of false allegations. We would like to reiterate that our organisation (s) function lawfully and urge that this malafide complaint is not made a manipulative tool by the Crime Branch. Any genuine investigations or inquiries our Trustees would gladly respond to.
IM Kadri Raghunandan Maluste
(President, CJP) (Vice President, CJP)
Teesta Setalvad Nakul Mehta
(Secretary, CJP & Trustee Sabrang Trust) (Trustee Sabrang Trust)
130304 False and Forged letter Gulberg (to media official society letter)
130313 Annexure I to Public Statemen
130313 Gulberg Society (official) letter to Jt. CP