On Thursday, the Supreme Court questioned why the Gujarat High Court included activist Teesta Setalvad’s bail statement for a hearing on September 19, six weeks after she sent a notice to the state government seeking a response to his request, and asked the state to report. at 2 p.m. Friday on whether such a precedent existed there.
A bench made up of Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia published Setalvad’s petition for a rehearing on Friday.
Setalvad was arrested for allegedly fabricating evidence to incriminate “innocent people” in the 2002 Gujarat riot cases.
We will hear this case tomorrow at 2 pm. Give us cases where a lady accused in such cases has obtained such dates from the high court. Or this lady has been made an exception… How can the court give this date? Is this standard practice in Gujarat? said an apparently displeased CJI.
The Gujarat High Court issued a notice to the state government on Setalvad’s bail release on August 3 and set a hearing on the matter for September 19.
On July 30, an Ahmedabad Sessions Court rejected the bail applications of Setalvad and former Police Director General R B Sreekumar in the case, saying that if they were released, it would send a message to wrongdoers that a person can present accusations with impunity and get away with that
Setalvad and Sreekumar, both arrested in June, are accused of fabricating evidence to incriminate “innocent people” in the cases following the 2002 Godhra riots.
They are housed in the central prison of Sabarmati. Sreekumar has also applied to the high court for bail.
Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, the third defendant in the case, has not applied for bail. Bhatt was already in jail on another criminal matter when he was arrested in this case.
They were arrested by the Ahmedabad City Criminal Branch in June after a First Information Report (FIR) was filed against them under sections 468 (forgery by cheating) and 194 (fabrication of false evidence with the intent to obtain a conviction for capital offences) of the Indian Penal Code.
Mumbai-based Setalvad and Sreekumar were arrested a couple of days after the Supreme Court rejected on June 24 a petition filed by Zakia Jafri, whose husband and former congressman Ehsaan Jafri was killed during the Ahmedabad riots, defying the SIT clean sheet for 64 people in the riots, including then Prime Minister Narendra Modi.