Teesta Setalvad, an activist, was granted temporary relief by the Supreme Court on Friday in a case involving the riots in Gujarat in 2002. In addition to granting bail, the top court asked Setalvad to turn in her passport and stated that she would cooperate fully in the investigation.
In addition to granting bail, the top court asked Setalvad to turn in her passport and stated that she would cooperate fully in the investigation.
For allegedly manipulating evidence to incriminate “innocent persons” in the 2002 Gujarat riot cases, Setalvad was detained on June 25.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court asked the Gujarat state government, “What kind of material have you gathered in the last two months” against activist Teesta Setalvad, and questioned the Gujarat High Court’s decision to schedule her bail hearing for September 19 — almost six weeks after it issued notice.
Noting that Setalvad was arrested on June 25 and had already spent more than two months in custody, Chief Justice of India U U Lalit said “we want to know what kind of material have you gathered in the last two months. Number 1, the lady has completed more than 2 months of custody. Number 2, you must have had the benefit of custodial interrogation at some stage. So therefore, is there anything which has actually been elicited out of such custodial interrogation because today as the things stand, the FIR has nothing but whatever has happened in Supreme Court”.
The CJI added, “There is no offense—say, POTA or UAPA—that has a restriction or legislative requirement that bail not be granted. Such a thing does not exist. These are typical IPC infractions. A woman is definitely entitled to favourable treatment under Section 437’s requirement (which states when bail may be taken in cases of non-bailable offences).