Fake proof: Charge sheet filed against Setalvad, 2 others

Fake proof: Charge sheet filed against Setalvad, 2 others

One-liner: A special investigation team on Wednesday submitted a charge sheet against activist Teesta Setalvad, ex-DGP R B Sreekumar and ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in a case of the alleged fabrication of evidence in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots cases. 

Clean chit: The Ahmedabad crime branch had registered the case soon after the SC in June upheld the clean chit given to the then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and 63 others.

Larger conspiracy: This was in response to a petition filed by Zakia Jafri alleging a larger conspiracy behind the 2002 violence.

90 witnesses: The 6,300-page charge sheet cites 90 witnesses. Among them are IPS officer-turned-lawyer Rahul Sharma and Congress's Rajya Sabha MP Shaktisinh Gohil.

Statements: The statements of other witnesses have been taken from previous Gujarat riots cases and affidavits submitted by the three accused before various courts and commissions.

Petitions filed by Zakia Jafri: The charge sheet also cites relevant judgments of the HC and SC and petitions filed by Zakia Jafri in different courts. 

Interim bail: Setalvad, arrested on June 26, was released on interim bail following a Sept 2 order of the SC.

  • Sreekumar, also arrested on June 26, remains lodged in jail. The third accused, Bhatt, is serving a life sentence in Palanpur jail in a custodial death case

False records prepared: The three accused instituted false and malicious criminal proceedings against innocent people with an intention to cause injury to several persons, prepared false records and dishonestly used those records as genuine.

Flashback: Jafri's husband and former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri was among the 68 people killed at Ahmedabad's Gulberg Society during violence on Feb 28, 2002, a day after the Godhra train burning incident that claimed 59 lives.

Source: PTI

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