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No Reason To Deny Bail, Says Supreme Court In Teesta Setalvad Case

Activist Teesta Setalvad was arrested in June.

New Delhi:

Elevating severe issues about the way in which activist Teesta Setalvad has been stored in custody in Gujarat for greater than two months, the Supreme Courtroom on Wednesday questioned how the Gujarat Excessive Courtroom issued discover asking for a reply after six weeks.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India UU Lalit additionally noticed that there’s “no offence on this case over which bail can’t be granted”, that too to a lady. Ms Setalvad has been in jail for greater than two months and but no chargesheet has been filed, the judges stated.

Stating that the FIR filed towards the petitioner doesn’t say a lot aside from the observations made by the Supreme Courtroom, the bench stated the Gujarat Excessive Courtroom, whereas issuing discover on Ms Setalvad’s bail plea on August 3, granted an extended adjournment.

The bench, which included Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, raised a number of questions associated to Ms Setalvad’s custodial detention.

“She is a woman. How did the excessive courtroom problem discover returnable after six weeks? Is that the usual observe in Gujarat Excessive Courtroom? And provides us situations the place a woman is concerned in a case like this and the Excessive Courtroom has made it [notice on bail plea] returnable by six weeks,” stated the Chief Justice.

Teesta Setalvad has been in custody since June 25 over allegations that she faked paperwork to file instances associated to the 2002 Gujarat riots.

“There isn’t any offence on this case that comes with a rider that bail can’t be granted, like Illegal Actions (Prevention) Act and Prevention of Terrorism Act. These are regular offences and a woman is entitled to beneficial therapy,” the Chief Justice stated.

The Solicitor Normal of India, Tushar Mehta, sought an adjournment to yesterday’s listening to. “All these arguments needs to be made within the Excessive Courtroom and never within the Supreme Courtroom. That is my preliminary objection,” Mr Mehta stated.

Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, the counsel for Ms Setalvad, stated: “I’m difficult the FIR. There can’t be an FIR right here. The FIR would not disclose what is the doc I cast.”

Ms Setalvad was arrested in Mumbai by Gujarat Police’s Anti Terror Squad, a day after the Supreme Courtroom dismissed her consumer Zakia Jafri’s petition that challenged the Particular Investigation Crew clearing Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, of any wrongdoing within the alleged bigger conspiracy involving the Gujarat riots.

The courtroom will take up Ms Setalvad’s bail plea once more at this time at 2 pm.

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