A 100-page chargesheet is filed against activist Teesta Setalvad, retired Director General of Police R B Sreekumar, and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in Gujarat.
The three are facing charges of the alleged fabrication of evidence in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots cases.
While convicted in a custodial death case of 1990, Sanjiv Bhatt is lodged in a Palanpur jail, R B Sreekumar is in custody since his arrest on June 25, and has moved a bail petition before the Gujarat High Court which is due to be heard on September 28. Teesta Setalvad is out on bail on September 2.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Deepan Bhadran heads the SIT and the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).The charge sheet is filed in the court of the chief metropolitan magistrate at Ahmedabad. Former IPS officer-turned-lawyer Rahul Sharma is made a witness in the case.
The FIR had been lodged against them by the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch.It was lodged on the charges based on the Supreme Court verdict that upheld the clean chit to then chief minister Narendra Modi on their role in the 2002 riots.
The chargesheet was filed against the three under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 468 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence, 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure) and 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture) of the Indian Penal Code.
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