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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked social activist Teesta Setalvad to furnish documents requested by the Gujarat Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), preferably within two weeks.

A bench comprising justices Anil R. Dave, Ibrahim Kalifulla and V. Gopala Gowda was hearing cases concerning Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, who run a non-government organisation in Gujarat.

In one of them, the couple faces allegations of embezzling funds collected through donations for constructing a memorial for the 2002 Gujarat riots.

In another case, Setalvad had questioned observations made by the Bombay high court in its 11 August verdict. The high court had said that, at first glance, there seemed to be some misuse of the amounts received and that the donations appeared to be foreign contributions under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.

Solicitor general Ranjit Kumar, law officer representing the Central Bureau of Investigation, told the court that Setalvad was not ‘cooperating’ with the investigation process.

Advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Setalvad, told the court that all documents that the investigative agencies have asked for have been submitted. “If we are being asked for cash vouchers for the year 2004, we cannot submit them because as per law we are not required to keep such records," he said.

The court also extended interim protection granted to Setalvad till the next date of hearing on 18 March.

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