New Delhi: On Saturday, The Gujarat ATS detained activist Teesta Setalvad from her residence in Mumbai related to a foreign fund case on her NGO. Teesta Setalvad ‘s NGO had provided information about the 2002 riots t the police and her name has been mentioned in the Supreme Court judgment which upheld the SIT’s clean chit to Narendra Modi.
This came hours after Union home minister Amit Shah said that Setalvad-run NGO gave baseless information about the Gujarat riots. Teesta Setalvad’s lawyer said the police barged into her house and assaulted her. First, the activist was taken to Santa Cruz police station. From here, she will be taken to Ahmedabad city police station.
“I have read the judgement very carefully. The judgement clearly mentions the name of Teesta Setalvad. The NGO that was being run by her – I don’t remember the name of the NGO- had given baseless information about the riots to the police,” Mr Shah said. On Friday, The Supreme Court rejected the appeal by Zakia Jafri, wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the Gujarat violence, and said that the appeal was “devoid of merits.” A three-judge bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, upholding the Special Investigation Team or SIT’s 2012 clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Gujarat riots case, said that Setalvad, co-petitioner in the case, exploited the emotions of Zakia Jafri.
“All those involved in such abuse of process need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law,” said a three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar, adding that the appeal was filed under “dictation of someone.” “Antecedents of Teesta Setalvad need to be reckoned with and also because she has been vindictively persecuting this lis [dispute] for her ulterior design by exploiting the emotions and sentiments of Zakia Jafri, the real victim of the circumstances,” the top court said in its order.
The case pertains to what came to be known as the Gulbarg Society incident, in which 68 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, were killed in the riots triggered by the burning of a train coach in which 59 people perished in February 2002. A decade later, the SIT report, exonerated Narendra Modi, citing “no prosecutable evidence” in the Gulbarg Society case.