Supreme Court issues notice to Gujarat Police on bail plea of Trinamool leader Saket Gokhale in crowdfunding case
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Gujarat Police on bail petition of Trinamool Congress leader Saket Gokhale on charges of alleged embezzlement of funds collected through crowdfunding.
The order was passed by the Bench of Justice B.R. Gavai and Justice Vikram Nath on Gokhale’s petition challenging the order of the Gujarat High Court, which denied him bail in the case.
Gokhale was represented by Senior Advocate Dr.Abhishek Manu Singhvi .The allegations against TMC leader are that he collected over Rs 72 lakh from more than 1,700 persons through a crowdfunding platform ‘our democracy’ and used that money for personal use and thus, misappropriated the funds.
As per the reports, the FIR in the case was registered upon a complaint filed by a woman who claimed to have donated Rs 500 to Gokhale through online mode (Razorpay).
After which Gokhale was booked under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust), and 467 (forgery).
The High Court bench of Justice Samir J. Dave, while denying bail to Gokhale observed that there is a prima facie case that the amounts collected in the name of welfare were used by the accused for his personal benefit.
Gokhale however claimed that that he was arrested by the Gujarat police on December 6, 2022 after he tweeted that the Prime Minister’s visit to Morbi bridge accident site costed the exchequer an amount of Rs. 30 crores. He alleged that it was a case of ‘political vendetta’.