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In the case of Gujarat riots, Ahmedabad Crime Branch had registered a case of conspiracy against Teesta Setalvad by making fake documents.
Sessions Court of Ahmedabad said- by misusing the trust of riot victims, innocents were implicated
Ahmedabad’s sessions court on Thursday rejected the discharge plea of social activist Teesta Setalvad in the case of fabricating false evidence related to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Additional Sessions Judge AR Patel dismissed Setalvad’s plea, observing that he had misused the trust of the riot victims and implicated innocent people. Let me tell you, on Wednesday, the Supreme Court granted regular bail to Setalvad in the same case after the Gujarat High Court refused to grant relief.
Investigation is also going on against former DGP Kumar and IPS Bhatt, Teesta Setalvad, who tried to defame the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat after the 2002 riots in Gujarat, former DGP R.B. The SIT probe is underway against Mr. Kumar and former IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt.
The Sessions Court of Ahmedabad is hearing the matter. In today’s hearing, the petition to discharge Teesta Setalvad from the case was heard, which was opposed by the public prosecutor in the previous hearing.
Last year, on July 30, the trial court had rejected Teesta Setalvad’s bail plea.
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The Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 dismissed the petition against the SIT report giving a clean chit to the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots case. This petition was filed by Zakia Jafri. Zakia Jafri’s husband Ehsan Jafri was killed in these riots.
The Supreme Court said that there is no merit in Zakia’s petition. The court had also said that Teesta, the co-petitioner in the case, played with the feelings of Zakia Jafri. The court had asked for an inquiry into Teesta’s role. After this Teesta was arrested from Mumbai.
Teesta’s bail application was rejected by the Ahmedabad Sessions Court on 30 July. After this she reached the High Court. On August 3, the High Court issued notices to the state government in the matter and fixed September 19 as the date of hearing. When the High Court did not accept her arguments, Teesta reached the Supreme Court.
On 2 September, the Supreme Court granted him interim bail. The court said that until the High Court decides on bail, he should submit his passport to the sessions court. On July 1, the High Court had ordered him to surrender immediately.
Teesta Setalvad (left) was Zakia Jafri’s co-petitioner in the case against the SIT report.
Allegations of conspiracy by making fake documents
In the Gujarat riots case, the Ahmedabad Crime Branch had registered a case of conspiracy against Teesta Setalvad, former IPS Sanjeev Bhatt and DGP RB Sreekumar for forging documents. Sanjeev Bhatt was already in jail, while Teesta and Sreekumar were arrested together last year.
There was communal violence in Gujarat in 2002. On 27 February 2002, the S-6 compartment of the Sabarmati Express train was set on fire at Godhra station in Gujarat. 59 people were killed in the fire. All these were kar sevaks, who were returning from Ayodhya. After the Godhra incident, riots broke out all over Gujarat. 1,044 people were killed in these riots. At that time Narendra Modi was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
The day after the Godhra carnage, i.e. on February 28, 69 people were killed by an unruly mob in Gulberg Housing Society, Ahmedabad. Among the dead was former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who lived in the same society. Due to these riots, the situation in the state had deteriorated so much that the army had to be brought down on the third day.
The burnt coach in Godhra railway yard is still standing after 20 years. No one is allowed to go here.
The commission of inquiry gave a clean chit to Narendra Modi.
On 6 March 2002, the Gujarat government constituted the Nanavati-Shah Commission to investigate the Godhra incident. Retired High Court judge KG Shah and retired Supreme Court judge GT Nanavati became its members. The commission submitted the first part of its report in September 2008. In this, the Godhra incident was described as a well-planned conspiracy. Also clean chit was given to Narendra Modi, his ministers and senior officers.
Justice KG Shah passed away in 2009. After this retired judge of Gujarat High Court Justice Akshay Mehta became its member and its name became Nanavati-Mehta Commission. It presented the second part of its report in December 2019. In this also the same thing was repeated, which was said in the first part of the report.