Gujarat ATS Detains Teesta Setalvad ; After SC Ruling On 2002 Riots Case

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Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad on Saturday took activist Teesta Setalvad in custody from Mumbai in connection with an FIR registered against her at the Ahmedabad city crime branch, sources said.

Setalvad, on her part, lodged a complaint with Santacruz police station in Mumbai claiming that the “arrest” was illegal and she apprehended a threat to her life.

She was being taken to Ahmedabad, sources said.

The First Information Report, registered earlier in the day, accused her and former IPS officers R B Sreekumar and Sanjiv Bhatt of forgery and criminal conspiracy to falsely implicate “innocent” people in the 2002 Gujarat riots cases.

A day earlier, the Supreme Court had dismissed a petition challenging the clean chit given by the SIT to then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 post-Godhra riots cases.

Setalvad’s NGO had supported Zakia Jafri, who had filed the petition alleging a larger conspiracy behind the riots, throughout her legal battle. Jafri’s husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was killed during the riots.

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