Ahmedabad: In the breaking development in Gujarat riots case. Probe panel on conspiracy behind case. The Gujarat Police on Friday opposed the bail plea of activist Teesta Setalvad, saying she was involved in a larger conspiracy to topple the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state. An affidavit filed in the Sessions Court by the Special Investigation Team of the Gujarat Police claims that Setalvad was a major conspiracy at the behest of late Congress leader Ahmed Patel to topple the BJP government in the state after the 2002 riots.
Additional Sessions Judge DD Thakkar took on record the response of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and adjourned the hearing on the bail application till Monday.
Setalvad has been arrested by former Indian Police Service (IPS) officers R.K. on charges of fabricating evidence to implicate innocent people in the Gujarat riots cases. B. Sreekumar and Sanjeev Bhatt have been arrested.
Attacking the Prime Minister, the Congress further alleged that “The Prime Minister’s political vendetta machine clearly does not even spare the departed who were his political adversaries. This SIT is dancing to the tune of its political master and will sit wherever it is told to. We know how an earlier SIT chief was rewarded with a diplomatic assignment after he had given a ‘clean chit’ to the Chief Minister.”
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The affidavit, filed by the Special Investigation Team of Gujarat Police, said that the political motive of bail applicant Setalvad to carry out this big conspiracy was to topple or destabilize the elected government.
The affidavit alleged that Setalvad received illegal financial and other benefits and rewards from a rival political party of the BJP in return for his efforts to falsely implicate innocent persons.
Setalvad was arrested last month, a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit given to then chief minister Narendra Modi and others in the Gujarat riots case.
She, along with Sreekumar and Bhatt, was booked under IPC sections 468 (forgery) and 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction for capital offence) among other offences.