Gandhinagar: Popular social activist Deesta Setalwat was arrested last month by the anti-terrorist forces of the state for spreading baseless allegations that the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who served as the then Chief Minister of the state, was the main cause of the 2002 riots in the state of Gujarat.
The Supreme Court, which was investigating the allegations against Narendra Modi in connection with this riot, dismissed the case saying that there was insufficient evidence. Also, former DGP R.P. Sreekumar, accused of working behind the scenes in the case, Mumbai-based social activist Teesta Setalvad, secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace, an organization formed to advocate on behalf of the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots. ) were arrested. They had applied for bail a month after their arrest. Now their bail pleas have been rejected.
In 2002, the Sabarmati Express train was set on fire in Godhra, Gujarat. 59 Karasevakars died in this. Protests erupted across Gujarat over the massacre. Many Muslims were killed. Former Congress MP Jabri was also assassinated. Jabri’s wife led a legal battle against the massacre.
A special investigation committee investigated the case. All 64 accused including the then Chief Minister Modi were acquitted. Against this, Congress MP Jabri’s wife Zakia Jabri and social activist Deesta Setalwad also filed an appeal case. This case was also dismissed. With this, the Supreme Court confirmed the acquittal of 64 people including Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots case by the Special Investigation Committee.
In this context, the Gujarat police have registered a case against social activist Teesta Setalwad, former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and RB Sreekumar for providing fake documents and testimonies in connection with the Gujarat riots. The police launched the operation following a court order. That is, Teesta Sethalwad was accused of giving false information to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) by filing several petitions in the court through Zakia Jabri. They were booked under sections 468 (giving false information for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using forged documents) and 194 (giving false evidence for the purpose of obtaining death penalty) of the Indian Penal Code.
Following this, on 26th of last month, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad went to Teesta Setalwad’s house in Juhu, Mumbai and arrested her. Sreekumar was also arrested after him.
In this case, both had filed a petition in the Gujarat Sessions Court against his jail sentence. The bail plea was dismissed by the judge while the hearing was held today.
Gujarat riots… Social activist Teesta Setalwad arrested for filing a case against Prime Minister Modi
Bail application of social activist Teesta Setalvad and former IPS officer RB Sreekumar rejected by the Sessions Court.
Story first published: Saturday, July 30, 2022, 19:47 [IST]
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