Activist Teesta Setalvad, ex-Gujarat DGP arrested for alleged forgery and conspiracy
Ahmedabad, June 25, 2022
The Ahmedabad Crime Branch, after registering a case against former DIG Sanjiv Bhatt, former DGP R. B. Sreekumar and human rights activist Teesta Setalvad, have arrested Sreekumar from Gandhinagar and Setalvad from Mumbai while Bhatt, who is right now in Palanpur jail, will be brought here under transfer warrant.
Ahmedabad Detection Crime Branch Police Inspector D. B. Barad has registered the case against all the three for offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for forgery with intention to cheat, fraudulently or dishonestly use forged documents as genuine, give fabricating, false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence, falsely charge any person with having committed an offence, and public servant framing incorrect records.
The allegation against Bhatt is that the documents submitted by him before the Nanavati commission were forged/fabricated/ manipulated subsequently with an ulterior motive, first before Nanavati Commission, and then later before the SIT probing the Gujarat riots, with an intention to implicate various persons under grave sections of law.
Allegations against Sreekumar are that most of the accusations in the complaint of Jakia Jafri were drawn from the nine affidavits filed by Sreekumar before the Nanavati Commission. Sreekumar did not make any allegations against the state government in his initial two affidavits. He only started alleging from the third affidavit. He has allegedly fabricated documents and round office stamps without the knowledge of issuing authority.
Setalvad and others are accused of conspiring to abuse the process of law by fabricating false evidence to make several persons to be convicted for an offence that is punishable with capital punishment.