The Gujarat anti-terrorist squad (ATS) detained activist Teesta Setalvad in Mumbai on Saturday. In the afternoon, the team arrived at Setalvad’s Mumbai home and took her to the Santacruz police station.
Setalvad’s lawyer, Vijay Hiremath, claimed that the Gujarat ATS assaulted her and said, “We were not informed.” They stormed into (her house), assaulted her, and kidnapped her.” He also stated that the police were filing charges under IPC sections 468 (Forgery for the purpose of cheating) and 471 (Using a forged document or electronic record as genuine).
The action comes just hours after Union Home Minister Amit Shah accused Setalvad of giving police false information about the 2002 Gujarat riots in an interview with news agency.
On Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed allegations of a “larger conspiracy” levelled by Zakia Jafri in a petition challenging the SIT’s exoneration of Narendra Modi, the state’s chief minister at the time, and others in riot-related cases. Zakia is the wife of Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress MP who was killed in the riots.