SIT files charge sheet against Teesta Setalvad, two others in Gujarat riots case


Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad, retired DGP RB Sreekumar and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in an alleged fabrication case of evidence in relation to the 2002 Gujarat riots cases.

SIT and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Deepan Bhadran has confirmed that the charge was filed against the trio in an Ahmedabad court on Tuesday, reports said. Indian Express.

While Sreekumar has been in custody since her arrest on June 25, Setalvad was picked up by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from her home in Mumbai on June 26. She was released on provisional bail following a September 2 Supreme Court order.

Sreekumar has filed a bail plea before the Gujarat High Court, which will be heard on September 28. Sanjeev Bhatt is already in Palanpur jail, convicted in a 1990 custodial death case.

The chargesheet was filed against Setalvad, Sreekumar and Bhatt under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 468 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 194 (giving or making false evidence with intent to obtain conviction of capital offence, 211 (false accusation of offense made with intent to injure) and 218 (public servant making false record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or of confiscation of property) of the Indian Penal Code, according to the report.

The FIR was registered against the three by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch on the basis of the Supreme Court’s verdict that came clean on the role of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, his council of ministers and bureaucrats in the 2002 riots.

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