‘Setalvad was part of conspiracy to dismiss BJP govt in Gujarat’

Mumbai, June 25: Activist Teesta Setalvad being taken to Santacruz police station by ATS Gujarat, in Mumbai on Saturday. [File]
Mumbai, June 25: Activist Teesta Setalvad being taken to Santacruz police station by ATS Gujarat, in Mumbai on Saturday. [File] ANI

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat police on Friday opposed activist Teesta Setalvad’s bail application.

She was part of a “larger conspiracy” carried out at the behest of late Congress leader Ahmed Patel to dismiss the BJP government in the state after the 2002 riots, claimed an affidavit filed by the police’s Special Investigation Team before the sessions court.

Additional sessions judge D D Thakkar took the SIT’s reply on record and posted the hearing on the bail application on Monday.

Setalvad has been arrested, along with former IPS officers R B Sreekumar and Sanjiv Bhatt, for allegedly fabricating evidence to frame innocent people in Gujarat riots cases.

“The political objective of the applicant (Setalvad) while enacting this larger conspiracy was dismissal or destabilisation of the elected government....She obtained illegal financial and other benefits and rewards from rival political party in lieu of her attempts to wrongly implicate innocent persons in Gujarat,” said the SIT’s affidavit.

Citing the statements of a witness, the SIT said the conspiracy was carried out at the behest of the late Ahmed Patel. At Patel’s behest, Setalvad received Rs 30 lakh after the post-Godhra riots in 2002, it alleged.

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