Teesta Setalvad Decision on bail of Teesta Setalvad and Sreekumar postponed till July 28-28

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Highlights

  • Setalvad and Sreekumar accused of preparing fake evidence
  • Zakia Jafri’s petition was rejected
  • SIT gave clean chit to Modi and 63 others

Teesta Setalvad: A court in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Tuesday deferred till July 28 the decision on bail applications of activist Teesta Setalvad and former Director General of Police (DGP) RB Sreekumar. Setalvad and Sreekumar are accused of trying to implicate innocent people in the 2002 Gujarat riots by allegedly preparing forged evidence. The court had last week reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments of Setalvad, Sreekumar and the prosecutor.

was arrested last month

Setalvad, former IPS officers Srikumar and Sanjeev Bhatt were arrested last month by the Crime Branch of Ahmedabad in a case registered under sections 468 and 194 of the IPC. The SIT is probing the allegation of preparing forged evidence. The SIT had claimed in the court that Setalvad and Sreekumar were part of a larger conspiracy hatched by late Congress leader Ahmed Patel to destabilize the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state led by the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Sreekumar disgruntled government official

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 “abused the process to defame the elected representatives, bureaucracy, police administration of the entire state of Gujarat for an ulterior motive.” Setalvad and Sreekumar have denied the allegations against them.

Zakia Jafri’s petition was rejected

Significantly, after the Supreme Court dismissed Zakia Jafri’s petition last month, an FIR was registered against Setalvad, Sreekumar and Bhatt. Jafri is the wife of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who died in the 2002 Gujarat riots. He had claimed in his application that there was a big conspiracy behind the post-Godhra riots. The SIT had submitted the closure report on February 8, 2012 and gave a clean chit to 63 others, including the incumbent Prime Minister Modi and senior government officials. The SIT told the court that there was no evidence to prosecute the accused. The Supreme Court had on June 24 this year upheld the clean chit given by the SIT to Modi and 63 others.

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