The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to activist Teesta Setalvad, charged with drafting false statements and submitting them to the Nanavati commission in 2002.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to activist Teesta Setalvad. She is charged with drafting false statements and submitting them to the Nanavati commission, established to investigate the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Teesta Setalvad was granted an interim bail by the Supreme Court and asked her to provide complete cooperation with the investigation. She was also ordered by the apex court to surrender her passport till the regular bail matter is considered by the high court.
Teesta Setalvad had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the orders by the sessions court and the high court denying interim bail to her.
Teesta Setalvad’s advocate and prominent lawyer, Kapil Sibal, argued on her behalf that the FIR against her was only a recounting of the events that culminated in the Supreme Court’s decision on June 24.
Speaking on behalf of the Gujarat government, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta claimed there is sufficient material apart from what has been averted in the FIR pointing towards the involvement of Teesta Setalvad.
The Supreme Court stated after hearing the arguments from both sides that “the essential ingredients of the investigation, including custodial interrogation, having been completed, the matter assumes a complexion where the relief of interim bail until the matter was considered by the high court was evidently made out.”
“The entire matter on merits shall be considered by the High Court independently and uninfluenced by any observations made by this court,” the Supreme Court said on Friday.