The Gujarat Police on Thursday opposed activist Teesta Setalvad’s bail plea, claiming that she made false anti-government affidavits in English so that Muslims in relief camps could not understand.
Accusing Teesta Setalvad of “cheating” the Muslims, the SIT team told the Sessions Court, “Teesta Setalvad and other accused are part of a larger conspiracy. They fabricated evidence, fabricated affidavits, fabricated statements.”
“She (Teesta Setalvad) wanted to become a member of Rajya Sabha. There is monetary gain as well. She raised false witnesses against the government. It is revealed that the testimonies of witnesses were wrongly shown in the affidavit. Teesta filed false affidavits in the Supreme Court and other courts as well. The government is defamed by such false documents. There was a huge conspiracy against the government. Therefore, to protect the investigation, bail should not be granted to Teesta Setalvad,” the probe team told the court.
In response, advocate Somnath Vats appearing for Teesta Setalvad said, “This is the hearing for bail and therefore there is no need to go after another case. There is no need to reproduce old judgement of SC. We can produce many such judgments. There is no need for her (Teesta Setalvad) to be in jail. She cannot hamper investigations. Hearing is for bail and therefore bail should be granted.”
Advocate SM Vora appearing for RB Sreekumar argued, “How can you trust the witness if Ahmed Patel is no more? My applicant is retired IPS officer. He is responsible citizen. If he is released on bail, investigations will not be hampered.”
The sessions court, hearing bail applications of Teesta Setalvad and former IPS officer RB Sreekumar, reserved its order after the arguments from both defence and prosecution came to an end on Thursday, July 21. The court will pronounce the order on July 26.
Last month, a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit given to then chief minister Narendra Modi and others in Gujarat riots case, state police arrested Setalvad. Along with her, former DGP Sreekumar and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt were also arrested for allegedly fabricating evidence to frame innocent persons in the 2002 riots cases.