SC grants relief to Teesta Setalvad, no arrest till July 19


Supreme Court

on Wednesday issued a notice to the Gujarat government on social activist

Teesta Setalvad

‘s bail plea in the forgery case relating to 2002 communal riots cases.
A bench of Justices B R Gavai, A S Bopanna and Dipankar Datta also extended till July 19 its interim order protecting her from surrendering and arrest pursuant to the

Gujarat high court

rejecting her bail plea.
The case is related to alleged forgery of documents, tutoring of witnesses and influencing the system to malign the state and its functionaries in the country and abroad.
In a special late-night hearing on July 1, the apex court had protected Setalvad from arrest and stayed for a week the high court order.

Setalvad is out of jail after having secured interim bail from the apex court in September last year.
The court had observed Setalvad made attempts to unsettle a democratically elected government and sully the image of the then chief minister and current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and tried to send him to jail.
Setalvad was arrested in June last year along with former Gujarat Director General of Police R B Sreekumar and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in an offence registered by Ahmedabad crime branch police for allegedly fabricating evidence to frame “innocent people” in the post-Godhra riots cases.

In its judgment, the high court had observed that prima facie Setalvad used her close associates and riot victims to file “false and fabricated affidavits before the Supreme Court with a view to unseat the establishment and to tarnish the image of establishment and the then chief minister (Modi)”.
(With inputs from agencies)

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