According to a press report, activist Teesta Setalvad is requesting regular bail after being accused of falsifying evidence in connection with the riots in Gujarat in 2002. In the current case, Teesta Setalvad, a civil rights activist residing in Mumbai, was detained by Gujarat Police on June 20, 2022, following the filing of an FIR by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch for allegedly planning to fabricate fake evidence and unjustly accusing innocent persons in connection with the riots in Gujarat in 2002. Setalvad was freed from judicial detention in September 2022 pursuant to an interim bail order issued by the Supreme Court. Setalvad was charged with conspiring to blame high-ranking members of the State Government, the then-Chief Minister, now Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and prominent BJP figures for the many fatalities resulting from the communal riots in 2002, according to the charge sheet brought against her.
Conclusion of the Court
The appeal was denied by the Gujrat High Court Single Judge bench of Justice Nirzar S. Desai, who also issued a summons for her immediate surrender. The Court ordered her to surrender right away while rejecting her request for regular bail.