Teesta Setalvad
Teesta Setalvad delivering a speech.IANS file

In a temporary relief for activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, the Supreme Court on Friday ruled that their anticipatory bail pleas would be heard on 19 February.

It asked Setalvad and the Gujarat government to file whatever additional documents they want to before the court, reports IANS.

The Gujarat High Court had earlier rejected the bail pleas of Setalvad and Anand in a case of alleged embezzlement of funds for the 2002 riot victims.

Setalvad had rushed to the apex court in the capital right after the high court decision, which prevented the police from arresting her. The former journalist has the reputation of being a severe critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Setalvad and her husband have been fighting for the victims of the communal carnage which engulfed Gujarat following the 2002 Godhra train-burning incident.

The couple has been accused of misappropriating around Rs 1.5 crore collected through their NGO Sabrang Trust for setting up a museum at the Gulbarga Society in Ahmedabad, where 69 people were killed during the communal conflagration.