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Will likes of Setalvad, Sreekumar finally get their comeuppance?

An Ahmedabad court on Sunday sent former state DGP R.B. Sreekumar and controversial activist Teesta Setalvad to five days police custody. While the two were to be produced again in court on Friday, the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate granted permission to produce them on Saturday, as police requested the court that they are busy on July 1st due to Jagannath Yatra.

Setalvad complained to the court that she was picked up from Mumbai ‘without any arrest warrant’, and also questioned whether it justified to arrest her on the basis of FIR. She also alleged that she was ‘illegally kept in custody’ from 3 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. on Saturday, and for a forgery case, Gujarat Police sent an ATS team to arrest her. She claimed she is ‘cooperating’ with the investigation team.

Setalvad was represented by advocate Somnath Vats and Sreekumar by advocate S.M. Vora.

On the other hand, Special Public Prosecutor Mitesh Amin submitted that police need their custody for 14 days, because they need to investigate who was funding Setalvad’s NGO, and who was instigating to run a malicious campaign against the state government.

Police need their custody to investigate who helped them to forge documents, who hatched the conspiracy and why, he said, alleging they did all this to mislead the judicial process.

SIT formed to probe charges against Setalvad, Sreekumar, Bhatt

Gujarat Director General of Police Ashish Bhatia has constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under Deputy Inspector General Dipan Bhadaran to probe allegations of forgery and conspiracy against former DGP R.B. Sreekumar, former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt and activist Teesta Setalvad.

After a criminal complaint was filed with the crime branch on Saturday evening, former DGP Sreekumar was arrested from Gandhinagar while Teesta was picked up from Mumbai and arrested on Sunday morning in Ahmedabad. Both were produced before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on Sunday, where the crime branch demanded 14 days of remand for them. Ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt is already in jail serving life sentence in a custodial death case, and in another case he is accused of planting contraband to frame a lawyer.

Incidentally, ex-cop and AAP leader RB Sreekumar is also accused of framing and torturing ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan, a subject covered in the upcoming R Madhavan movie ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect‘.

Before producing them before the court, Crime Branch Deputy Commissioner Chaitainya Mandlik told the media, “Police will investigate conspiracy angle, it will check their bank transactions and other documents. Police will also investigate into who were behind them and instigating them for legal processes.”

“Police will investigate financial transactions, whether there is any foreign funding to the NGO run by Teesta Setalvad and it will even investigate whether any politicians were behind instigating Teesta and the two police officers. If any foreign funding issues are revealed during investigation, if required even the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will be informed about such transactions,” the officer added.

Supreme Court exceptionalism for Lutyens’ activists like Setalvad

The arrest of Setalvad and other Hindu-baiting, anti-Modi conspirators came after the Supreme Court dismissed Zakia Jafri’s plea and called for action against those who made false claims and abused the legal process.

However, the realization by the SC that 5-star Hinduphobic activists like Teesta Setalvad have been taking our system for a ride with the aid of Lutyens’ lawyers like Kapil Sibal has come far too late.

In 205, CJI HL Dattu had granted stay on arrest of Teesta Setalvad on charges of cheating and criminal breach of trust over alleged embezzlement of funds she had raised for two NGOs that claimed to be working for victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots. Setalvad’s counsel & senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal had managed to get the stay from a CJI-led bench hearing another matter citing emergence of an “extraordinary situation”, on the same day that Gujarat High Court had rejected Setalvad’s application for anticipatory bail paving the way for her custodial interrogation by police.

That was not all – the two judge SC bench which was hearing Setalvad’s case and found the charges against her “grave” was suddenly changed, although neither judge recused themselves. A new bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and Adarsh Kumar Goel was assigned to the case, and this bench in another exceptional decision decided to refer the matter to a larger bench, something only done in cases involving complex constitutional issues.

Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, along with several others such as Javed Akhtar, Rahul Bose, Cedric Prakash etc, started an NGO called ‘Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)’ on 1st April 2002, just about a month after the Gujarat riots that broke out in the wake of the ghastly Godhra train burning of Hindu pilgrims by a Muslim mob.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by ex-CBI director RK Raghavan found Teesta Setalvad guilty of cooking up stories of macabre killings and tutoring witnesses to give false evidences. Sabrang Trust, run by Teesta and her husband Javed, was found to have indulged in FCRA violations and its registration was cancelled in 2016.

Investigation by Gujarat Police had revealed that Setalvad and her husband siphoned off funds collected for riot victim for personal expenses like wine and liquor, expensive mobile phones, movie CDs, romantic novels, hair-styling, dining, and even sanitary napkins. Setalvad was also accused of fraudulently securing financial aid from the HRD Ministry when Kapil Sibal was the Minister during the UPA regime, and accused of embezzlement of funds to the tune of Rs. 1.51 crores. One of her NGOs also illegally received $ 2.9 lakh from Ford Foundation (a CIA front) for addressing “communalism and caste-based discrimination”.

How this lady and other shady activists like her manage to walk free and manipulate our system is an indictment of the Indian state and democracy. Not surprisingly, the UN too has taken up cudgels on her behalf. The anti-Hindu, anti-Bharat nexus has deep links with the Anglosphere establishment.

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