Mumbai: The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Saturday 25 June 2022 took controversial activist Teesta Setalvad into custody from Mumbai on the charge of fabricating facts and conspiracy, after the Supreme Court gave clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought action against those who had made false allegations against the State of Gujarat in connection with the 2002 communal riots.
Setalvad, who was taken into custody and detained at the Santacruz police station in Mumbai, will be produced before a Judicial Magistrate in Gujarat.
Besides Setalvad, also named by the apex court are Gujarat Police officials Sanjiv Bhatt and RB Sreekumar.
The Supreme Court has noted the antecedents of Teesta Setalvad need to be reckoned and also because she has been vindictively persecuting this lis (case) for her ulterior design by exploiting the emotions and sentiments of appellant – Zakia Ahsan Jafri, (widow of deceased – Ehsan Jafri, Member of Parliament) the real victim of the circumstances. The apex court has also taken note of the misadventure of Teesta Setalvad in forwarding her letters written to Chairperson of the Supreme Court appointed SIT to the OHCHR, Geneva and that upon her undertaking that she will not do so in future, the matter stood closed. It is urged that insinuations have been made against the Supreme Court appointed SIT and, in the process, the wisdom of this Court has been questioned in accepting the work of SIT as fair and complete investigation of the allegations in the stated complaint. Further the Supreme court judgement underscores that the material on record would clearly suggest that she (Zakia Ahsan Jafri) was being driven by Teesta Setalvad to pursue and precipitate her complaint.
During the hearing of the Zakia Ahsan Jafri matter in the apex court, the Solicitor General had underscoreed the judgment of the High Court, of 12 February 2015 dealing with applications for grant of anticipatory bail filed by Teesta Atul Setalvad and her husband – Firozkhan Sayeedkhan Pathan in connection with CR No. 1/2014for offences punishable under Sections 420, 406, 468, 120-B of theIPC and Section 72 A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, pointing out observations therein as to how the donation money collected by them in the name of Sabrang Trust on therepresentation that the same would be spent on poor and needy
persons affected by the mass violence, has been misused andmisappropriated for their personal pleasure and comfort. Also that the High Court had rejected their bail application having found that custodial interrogation of the applicants would be necessary.