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Supreme Court grants interim bail to activist Teesta Setalvad. He was arrested for allegedly forging documents to implicate innocent people in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases.
The Supreme Court said that Teesta Setalvad will have to cooperate fully in the investigation. The court asked Teesta to surrender her passport. The Supreme Court said that it has considered the matter only from the point of view of interim bail. The Gujarat High Court will decide the bail plea of Teesta Setalvad independently and unaffected by any remarks made by this court.
Earlier, the Supreme Court on Thursday wondered why the Gujarat High Court has listed activist Teesta Setalvad’s bail plea for hearing on September 19. The apex court, in its response six weeks after the high court served the notice to the state government, had asked the government to respond to Teesta’s plea and inform her by 2 pm on Friday.
Teesta accused of fabricating false evidence to implicate people
Setalvad and Sreekumar, both arrested in June, are accused of fabricating evidence to implicate innocent people in the post-Godhra riots of 2002. He is lodged in Sabarmati Central Jail. Sreekumar has also approached the High Court for bail. Former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, the third accused in the case, has not applied for bail. Bhatt was already in jail in another criminal case when he was arrested in this case.
Setalvad and Sreekumar were arrested
Setalvad and Sreekumar from Mumbai were arrested on June 24, within days of the Supreme Court dismissing a petition filed by Zakia Jafri. Zakia’s husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed during the riots in Ahmedabad in which the clean chit of the SIT was challenged.