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Updated: February 22, 2012 00:20 IST

It’s a spurious case to victimise Setalvad, says Supreme Court

J. Venkatesan
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A file photo of social activist Teesta Setalvad.
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A file photo of social activist Teesta Setalvad.

It does no credit to Gujarat, show some responsibility: Justice Aftab Alam

The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed its displeasure at the Gujarat government filing a “spurious” criminal case against social activist Teesta Setalvad for her alleged role in exhuming the bodies of post-Godhra riot victims in 2006 at Pandarwada, and extended the stay of the proceedings against her pending before a lower court.

Presiding over a Bench, Justice Aftab Alam asked senior counsel Pradeep Ghosh to go through the FIR dispassionately and advise the government not to proceed with the case.

Justice Alam said: “This is a 100 per cent spurious case to victimise the petitioner. In other cases against the petitioner, there may be something but not in this case. This type of case does no credit to the State... in any way. You should show some responsibility and advise the government not to proceed with the case.” When Mr. Ghosh said that the Gujarat High Court had not properly considered the issue and pleaded that the matter be remitted back there, Justice Alam said: “We will not do that. We will hear it. We will keep it for final hearing.”

The Bench posted the matter for final hearing on March 23.

Law of the land and justice of the command man should be maintain.The wrong forces of strong and powerful cannot be justify rather the truth will set us free from all these injustice and unacceptable power. Power can rule for a while but the truth will rule at the end and forever.Let's stand together for the truth and justice.

from:  Angam Chahong
Posted on: Feb 24, 2012 at 09:53 IST

All the right thinking citizens of this country must stand by this brave woman in her fight against the tyrannical rule of Modi.In modern India courts are the only recourse against the mighty politicians.This judgment gives a morale boost.

from:  Nasar
Posted on: Feb 22, 2012 at 10:15 IST

It feels great that still institutions like the judiciary are alive and
functioning,these pillars have not yet been politicised.

from:  Zafar
Posted on: Feb 22, 2012 at 10:09 IST

It is exactly actions like these that make me very reluctant to vote for BJP if/when they declare Mr. Modi as their PM candidate in the next national elections. Although his track record on development has been very admirable, the events of 2002 and all the mysterious covers-up as well tainting of reputations of people testifying against the Gujarat government, makes one question the diabolically Machiavellian aspect of Mr. Modi's personality. For all the good work and positive signs emerging out of Gujarat post-2002, the Gujarati Hindus have not done enough to be remorseful for what happened and at the very least, blame the incompetence of their CM in keeping peace at that time. As a voter, I do think Mr. Modi would make a very good PM. However, the events of 2002 makes one wonder if voting for Mr. Modi would be a conscientious thing to do or not.

from:  Sri
Posted on: Feb 22, 2012 at 08:33 IST
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