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Activist Teesta Setalvad RB Sreekumar Sent To 14 Day Judicial Remand

Ahmadabad Metro Politan Court: A metropolitan court in Ahmedabad has...

Ahmadabad Metro Politan Court: A metropolitan court in Ahmedabad has sent social activist Teesta Setalvad and former Gujarat DGP RB Sreekumar to 14-day judicial custody. The Crime Branch of Gujarat Police on Sunday arrested Teesta Setalvad in a case against her NGO, which had informed the police about the 2002 Gujarat riots without any basis. Public Prosecutor Amit Patel said, “Police did not seek further remand of accused Teesta Setalvad and RB Sreekumar and asked the court to keep them in judicial custody. The Metropolitan Court has sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.”

After the arrest, Union Minister Amit Shah said in an interview with ANI that the NGO run by Teesta Setalvad had given baseless information about the 2002 Gujarat riots to the police.

On Saturday, a Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) team detained Setalvad from Mumbai in connection with a case on his NGO and was later taken to Ahmedabad in the night. Gujarat ATS team took Teesta Setalvad to Santacruz police station. The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed Zakia Jafri’s appeal in a petition challenging the clean chit of the SIT to the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others in riot-related cases, terming it ineligible. Zakia Jafri is the widow of former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the Gujarat riots.

MEA gave a befitting reply to UN
Earlier, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday termed the Office of the High Commissioner of the United Nations (OHCHR) for human rights interference against Teesta Setalvad and two other individuals as completely inappropriate. Responding to media queries on a comment by OHCHR regarding legal action against Teesta Setalvad, Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Arindam Bagchi said, “We have taken up the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) regarding legal action against Teesta Setalvad and two others. OHCHR’s comments are completely unwarranted and constitute interference in the independent judicial system of India.” Earlier, soon after the arrest of Teesta Setalvad, the OHCHR had earlier expressed concern over the arrest and detention of Setalvad and called for his immediate release.

Formation of new SIT team
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said, “Authorities in India work strictly against violations of law as per established judicial procedures.” Pretending such legal actions as harassment for activism is misleading and unacceptable.” Earlier on Sunday, the Gujarat government had accused Setalvad, Sreekumar (Former DGP Gujrat Shrikumar) and former IPS officer Sanjeev Singh in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots. It was decided to form a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by DIG Deepan Bhadran of the State Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) to investigate the role of Bhatt (Former IPS Sanjeev Bhatt).

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