- Teesta Setalvad gets relief from Supreme Court
- Setalvad gets interim bail from Supreme Court
- Teesta Setalvad asked to surrender passport
Gujarat Riots: Teesta Setalvad has got a big relief from the Supreme Court. Setalvad, arrested in the Gujarat riots case, has got interim bail from the apex court. The Supreme Court has asked Teesta Setalvad to surrender her passport. The Supreme Court said in its decision that the High Court can pronounce the verdict on Teesta’s regular bail. The court has granted anticipatory bail to Teesta on the condition of surrendering her passport. Unless Setalvad gets regular bail from the High Court, she cannot go outside the country. The Supreme Court has said in its order that it is not releasing Teesta on bail, only till the High Court decides on her regular bail, the court is granting her interim bail.
There are allegations of implicating ‘innocents’ in Gujarat riots
The Supreme Court has granted anticipatory bail to social activist Teesta Setalvad, arrested for allegedly fabricating evidence to implicate “innocent people” in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases. Responding to the bail plea filed in the court, the Gujarat government has stated that the activist (Setalvad) along with other accused had “executed” the conspiracy at the behest of a senior leader. The state government, in its affidavit, had claimed that Setalvad had held a meeting with the said leader and received a “considerable amount” from him. Setalvad was arrested in this case in June.
“Part of a larger conspiracy to defame Gujarat government”
The SIT had claimed in the court that a “major conspiracy” was hatched by Setalvad and former DGP Sreekumar late Congress leader Ahmed Patel to destabilize the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state led by then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. ‘ was part of. The SIT alleged that Setalvad had received Rs 30 lakh at Patel’s behest after the riots that broke out after a train was torched near Godhra railway station in 2002. The SIT told the court that Sreekumar was a “disgruntled government official” who had “abused the process to defame the elected representatives, bureaucracy, police administration of the entire state of Gujarat with an ulterior motive”.
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