Granting bail to Teesta Setalvad, Supreme Court calls Gujarat HC order ‘perverse’

Describing the “findings” of the Gujarat High Court denying bail to activist Teesta Setalvad as “totally perverse” and “contradictory”, the Supreme Court Wednesday granted her regular bail.

Setting aside the July 1 order of the High Court which dismissed Setalvad’s bail plea, a bench of Justices B R Gavai, A S Bopanna and Dipankar Datta said she will continue to enjoy the bail granted last year in the case.

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Teesta Setalvad was the co-petitioner along with Zakia Jafri, who had challenged the clean chit granted to 63 accused persons in the 2002 Gujarat riots. The Supreme Court had upheld the clean chit on June 24, 2022. The Judgment stated that Setalvad was ‘keeping the pot boiling’ in this issue as part of an ‘ulterior design’ to implicate the 63 accused including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The very next day, an FIR was filed against Setalvad, the contents of which starkly resembled the Supreme Court’s scathing remarks against her.  She was charged with ‘conjuring, concocting, forging and fabricating’ facts and documents to implicate the accused of the Gujarat Riots. She was arrested by a unit of the Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad on June 25, 2022.