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

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

February 21, 2012 01:12 pm | Updated November 17, 2021 04:57 am IST - New Delhi

A file photo of social activist Teesta Setalvad.

A file photo of social activist Teesta Setalvad.

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.

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