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Activist Teesta Setalvad Gets Bail; Was Arrested For “Conspiracy” After Gujarat Riots Verdict

Teesta Setalvad was arrested after her plea for bigger probe into Gujarat riots was dismissed. (File)

New Delhi:

Activist Teesta Setalvad, in jail since June over allegations of “a conspiracy to destabilise the Gujarat authorities after the 2002 riots”, right this moment received interim bail from the Supreme Court docket, which stated the police had already received sufficient time to interrogate her. 

She’d gone to the Gujarat Excessive Court docket, which on August 3 posted the bail plea to 6 weeks later — one thing the highest courtroom did not significantly recognize whereas giving its order right this moment. That plea for normal bail will, nevertheless, proceed to be heard by the Excessive Court docket. “The HC must have thought of the plea for interim bail in the course of the pendency of the matter,” the bench, led by Chief Justice UU Lalit, noticed.

The case in opposition to her can also be linked to Supreme Court docket observations, of June 24. She was arrested simply two days after the courtroom dismissed a plea by her and Zakia Jafri — whose husband Ehsan Jafri, a former MP, was killed within the riots — during which they’d challenged a Particular Investigation Workforce having cleared PM Narendra Modi, who was Chief Minister then, of any wrongdoing.

That bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar (now retired) had noticed that the plea was “to maintain the pot boiling, clearly, for ulterior design”. “As a matter of reality, all these concerned in such abuse of course of, have to be within the dock and proceeded with in accordance with regulation,” it had additional stated, citing the state’s arguments.

“Have to be within the dock” thus grew to become a key foundation for the FIR in opposition to Ms Setalvad.   

“However the FIR has nothing greater than the courtroom observations to face on,” her lawyer, Kapil Sibal, informed the Supreme Court docket yesterday. She’s accused of forging paperwork to file circumstances over the 2002 riots, however the police haven’t specified which paperwork, he stated. Cops say she exploited Ms Jafri’s feelings, although Ms Jafri hasn’t stated any such factor.

Granting bail, the courtroom right this moment famous that the allegations relate to the 2002-12 interval. “The investigation company has had the benefit of custodian interrogation for seven days,” stated the three-judge bench, comprising Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia apart from the CJI.

The courtroom’s tone was per its feedback yesterday, when it stated there’s “no offence on this case over courtroom which bail can’t be granted”, that too when “she is a woman”. Ms Setalvad was in jail for greater than two months, but no chargesheet has been filed, the bench stated in the course of the listening to on Thursday.

Now, Ms Setalvad is to be launched after bail formalities — she has to submit her passport — for which she “needs to be produced earlier than the involved courtroom as early as potential,” the bench dominated, saying that she should cooperate with the investigation.

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