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Gujarat Court remands Teesta Setalvad, ex-DGP RB Sreekumar to judicial custody

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A Gujarat Court on Saturday remanded former Gujarat DGP RB Sreekumar and Activist Teesta Setalvad to judicial custody.

The accused were produced before the Magisterial Court of M.V. Chauhan, as their police remand expired today.

They were arrested by the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) in May, 2022, just a day after the Supreme Court upheld the clean chit given by the SIT to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The Court sent them to judicial custody, till the granting of bail. Neither of the accused has moved the bail application so far.

Advocate SM Vatsa, appearing for Teesta, submitted an application seeking protection within jail. The activist said that during her work through the NGO (CJP), many people were convicted, out of which, several were lodged at the Sabarmati central jail, where she will be housed during her judicial custody and thus, she said she apprehended harm, if protection was not granted.

Prosecutor Mitesh Amin and Amit Patel opposed the application submitting that she is “not extraordinary prisoner”.

The accused were arrested under charges of criminal conspiracy, forgery and other Sections of IPC on the basis of an FIR lodged in DCB by Inspector Darshansinh Barad.

Besides, the nine-page FIR filed by the government of Gujarat, also named former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt. He is already in jail in connection with another case.

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