Monday, October 3, 2022

Activists and advocates demand release of Teesta

The People’s Union for Civil Liberties, a civil society organisation, and activists condemned the arrest of civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad along with retired police officers for fighting justice for the victims of Gujarat riot in 2002.
Senior advocates of Madras HC NGR Prasad, human rights activist Biraj Patnaik and representatives of civil society activists, addressing the media on Monday, demanded that the false and vindictive FIR against Setalvad and others be withdrawn unconditionally and they be released immediately. The judgement of the SC in the case of Zakia Jafri vs State of Gujarat, dismissing the petition filed by Jafri calling for investigation into the conspiracy to hatch the events resulting in communal violence following the Godhra train burning, deepened the sense of injustice and marks a moment of profound hurt and loss, said V Suresh, national general secretary of PUCL, in a statement.
The SC judgement says a coalesced effort of the disgruntled officials of along with others was to create sensation by making revelations which were false to their own knowledge. It further stated that all those who were involved in such abuse of process should be proceeded with in accordance with law, he said.
Citing the judgement, the Gujarat ATS swung into action and arrested Setalvad on June 25. “The FIR under which she has been detained accuses the Gujarat retired police officials R B Sreekumar, Sanjiv Bhatt and activist (Teesta Setalvad) of conspiring to fabricate evidence, tutor witnesses and abuse the process of law,” he said.