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Social activist Teesta Setalvad on Monday said that if the police fail to implement laws with honesty, fairness and autonomy and do not follow due process related to arrests, then everyone can become a threat. We have law in this country, IPC (Indian Penal Code). Those laws have to be enforced by the police to some extent with integrity and with some degree of fairness and autonomy.
Supreme Court releases Teesta
Setalvad made these remarks on a news channel two days after he was released on interim bail from Sabarmati Central Jail on charges of fabricating evidence to implicate innocent people in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases. After being arrested in late June, Teesta was granted interim bail by the Supreme Court last week after spending 70 days behind bars.
Citing the example of fact-checker Mohammad Zubair, who was arrested in June for hurting religious sentiments through tweets and later granted interim bail by the Supreme Court, Teesta said that I think it is indeed Quite worrying because when the police do away with due process of arrest, it can become a threat to anyone tomorrow. It can happen to a businessman, it can happen to a worker and it can happen to anyone.
People’s rights cannot be taken away
Setalvad said that the Constitution gives rights to those who feel that they are being discriminated against by the state. That right cannot be taken away from the individual. The founding trustee of the NGO, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), said the country needs to realize that individual liberty is important and imprisonment cannot be the norm. On July 11, the Supreme Court has given a very tough decision on what should be the criteria of bail in this country. The Supreme Court says that the bail hearing should be held in the Sessions Court, in the High Court and then in 2-3 weeks. It needs to be taken very seriously.