Gujarat Court Denies Bail to Setalvad, Sreekumar for ‘Fabricating Documents’ in 2002 Riots Cases

by Abbas Adil

The Additional City Civil and Sessions Court in Ahmedabad on Saturday denied bail to activist Teesta Setalvad and former DGP R B Sreekumar, arrested for allegedly fabricating documents to frame innocent people in 2002 riots cases, reports PTI.

Additional principal judge D D Thakkar said that both the orders are rejected.

Earlier on Thursday, the Additional City Civil and Sessions Court had reserved its order on the bail applications of activist Teesta Setalvad and former DGP R B Sreekumar.

Setalvad and Sreekumar were arrested by the city crime branch around a month back on the basis of a First Information Report (FIR) against them under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction for capital offence).

In its affidavit, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the case has alleged that they were part of a larger conspiracy carried out at the behest of late Congress leader Ahmed Patel to destabilise the then Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government led by Narendra Modi.

It has alleged that Setalvad was paid Rs 30 lakh at Patel’s behest soon after the Godhra train burning incident of 2002.

Sreekumar was a “disgruntled government officer” who “abused the process for damning the elected representatives, bureaucracy and police administration of the whole state of Gujarat for ulterior purposes”, the SIT claimed. (With inputs from PTI)

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