IndiaStates and CapitalsWest Bengal (Kolkata)

In the misuse of the crowdfunding case, the Supreme Court has granted TMC leader Saket Gokhale parole.

Monday, the Supreme Court granted bail to Trinamool Congress leader and RTI activist Saket Gokhale, who was detained in January by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged misappropriation of crowdfunded funds.

According to the ED, Gokhale spent a significant component of the over Rs 1 crore he raised through crowdfunding on “wining and dining,” intraday stock market trading, and family treatment. The ED also asserted that Gokhale told them he received Rs 23,500,000 from Congress.

According to the agency, Gokhale stated that Shankar Swai deposited the funds into his account on behalf of the Congress for “social media work and other consulting.” However, the ED stated that the funds were deposited into Gokhale’s account in November 2021, even though he joined TMC in August of that year.

According to ED’s remand application, between 2019 and 2021, Gokhale launched three crowdfunding campaigns — “FightWithRTI”, “SaketVersusModi”, and “JusticeForSuhasGokhale” — on to allegedly fund his public interest activities. According to ED, this generated over Rs 80 lakh, and he received a monetary deposit of Rs 23.54 lakh into his account.

ED also informed the court that Gokhale had filed 400 RTI requests at the cost of just Rs 4,000. The ED stated that a portion of the funds collected was also used to draught a PIL against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to the application for remand, Gokhale used Rs 30 lakh of these funds to pay his credit card debts, which included significant “purchases of alcoholic beverages…dining out and other personal expenses.”

According to the ED, a significant portion of the funds, totalling close to Rs 2 crore, were also invested in intraday trading on the stock market. In his statement to the ED, the application stated that Gokhale reported a loss of Rs 30 lakh.


Hi, my name is Nisha and I'm an educational journalist based in India. I've always been passionate about the power of education to transform lives, and that's what led me to pursue a career in journalism focused on this area. I completed my Bachelor's degree in English from Hindu College in Delhi in 2013 and then went on to earn my Master's in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in 2017. During my studies, I also completed several short-term courses on Education in India, Sociology, and other related subjects to deepen my knowledge in this field. I'm particularly interested in improving access to quality education in rural areas, where students often face significant challenges. I've worked on a number of initiatives to address this issue, including advocating for better policies, resources, and practices that can make a difference. As an educational journalist, I'm passionate about using my platform to highlight important issues in the education space. I've covered a wide range of topics, including the impact of technology in the classroom, innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and the challenges facing students from marginalized communities. One of the things I love most about my work is the opportunity to constantly learn and grow. I'm an avid reader and believe that reading is key to expanding one's knowledge and perspective. I'm always seeking out new ideas and insights to help me better understand the world around me. In summary, as an educational journalist, I'm dedicated to using my skills and expertise to make a positive impact in the field of education. I'm committed to improving access to quality education for all students and to using my platform to raise awareness about important issues in this area.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button