The Left events, then again, questioned their arrests, which got here a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clear chit by the SIT to then chief minister Narendra Modi within the 2002 Gujarat riots.
Sreekumar’s position had been referred to as into query by the apex court docket. Setalvad had backed the petitioner within the case, Zakia Jafri. The two have been held on prices of felony conspiracy, forgery and different Sections of the Indian Penal Code on the premise of a first info report lodged with the DCB by Inspector Darshansinh Barad, which quotes extensively from the court docket order.
“We have heard of the arrest. It appears to be in relation to alleged offences of forgery and fabrication arising out of events that took place between the years immediately following 2002, even though the FIR registered appears to be dated June 25th, 2022. We hope and trust that proper and full due process of law will be followed meticulously,” senior Congress chief Abhishek Singhvi advised The Indian Express. “Furthermore, it stands to reason that the Congress as a political party cannot comment on the merits of a case with which it has no connection,” he added.
The CPM strongly condemned the arrest of Setalvad, calling her an “indefatigable defender of human rights”. It stated that her arrest by the Gujarat police was on “dubious grounds citing the recent judgment of the Supreme Court” and demanded her launch and withdrawal of what it referred to as “false charges” in opposition to her.
The Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) on Saturday detained activist Teesta Setalvad in Mumbai. Setalvad’s lawyer Vijay Hiremath stated: “We were not informed. They barged into (her house), they assaulted her and they’ve taken her.”https://t.co/8GmcgCqWRB pic.twitter.com/HK815WMy4i
“Stop persecution and prosecution of relentless champions of civil liberties and human rights. Withdraw false charges and release,” CPM common secretary Sitaram Yechury tweeted.
Stop persecution & prosecution of relentless champions of civil liberties & human rights. Withdraw false prices & launch. https://t.co/cV9d3VyYzP
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) June 25, 2022
His CPI counterpart, D Raja, stated Setalvad had been relentlessly struggling to get justice for the victims of the Gujarat riots.
“Her detention by the ATS hours after home minister (Amit Shah) expressed his displeasure at Teesta’s work is highly questionable. She should be released. Harassment of human rights defenders should stop,” he stated.
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While the Congress was cautious on their arrests, it hit out on the BJP for celebrating the decision. Singhvi stated Supreme Court judgments ought to by no means be politicised. “The Supreme Court simply upheld the SIT [decision], which found no conspiracy and that violence was a spontaneous reaction. Reading political jumlas and unconnected clean chits into the Supreme Court verdict is misleading. Don’t forget that many were convicted of murder in the post-Godhra riots. Individual culpability was established. The SC only rules out conspiracy, or statements by the PM in the presence of certain police officers found to be absent. That must be respected as the apex court’s order. No more, no less,” Singhvi stated.