A sessions court in Ahmedabad is expected to issue its order regarding the bail applications of activist Teesta Setalvad and former DGP R.B. Sreekumar today. The court has deferred from pronouncing the judgement over these pleas twice already.
Setalvad and Sreekumar were arrested late in June following an FIR against them at the Ahmedabad city crime branch. The two have been accused of fabricating evidence, misleading the court and delaying proceedings of the 2002 Godhra Riots case, which followed the Godhra train massacre. Setalvad has also been accused of trying to frame innocent people.
Supreme Court dismissed a challenge brought by Zakia Ehsan Jafri that contested the SIT’s closure report and threw out claims of a bigger plot involving high-ranking officials and other parties in the Gujarat riots of 2002. Setalvad, the secretary of NGO Citizens for Justice and Peace, was arrested a day after the court’s decision. Setalvad and her NGO were co-petitioners with Zakia Jafri in the petition filed against Modi and others in the apex court. Zakia’s husband, a former Congress MP, Ehsan Jafri was killed during the riots.