Supreme Court granted interim bail to social activist Teesta Setalbad. The bench of Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, after a two-day hearing, said on Friday that Teesta is a woman. With this order, the Supreme Court said, Teesta should keep her passport. He should also assist in the investigation.
Teesta was arrested by the Gujarat Police on June 25 on charges of forging evidence in the 2002 Gujarat riots. Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court had dismissed Teestar’s case, giving a clean chit to the then state government (led by Narendra Modi) in Gujarat’s Gulberg Society murder case. In that verdict, the judge himself brought serious charges against Teesta, including forgery of documents. Soon after the verdict, Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed his displeasure about Teesta to the media. Teesta was arrested the next day.
During the hearing last Thursday, the Chief Justice commented that no information has been submitted to the court in this case, which is ineligible for bail. There is no mention of any offense for which there is a non-bailable condition. Apart from that, he has been in jail for two months, but the charge sheet of the case has not been filed yet. He applied for bail in the High Court. That application will be heard after six weeks. Is this the practice of the Gujarat High Court?
Social activist Teesta Shetlabad has stood by the Gujarat riot victims since the beginning. Provided legal assistance to the affected families. The United Nations also expressed concern over his arrest. The BJP did not end its accusations against Teesta. BJP’s all-India spokesperson Sambit Patra also alleged that Teesta took Rs 30 lakh from late Congress leader Ahmed Patel to embarrass the BJP government in Gujarat. That money was given to him at the behest of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.