Court Grants Bail to Teesta Setalvad!
“A risk to national security”, that’s how activist Teesta Setalvad is described by the CBI. Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected CBI’s appeal for custodial interrogation of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand on the basis that FCRA suggests that there is no need for custodial investigation.
Though the couple have been asked by the court to cooperate with the investigation, it clearly said that it doesn’t see “any threat to sovereignty and integrity of the state”, as reported by NDTV.
The judge said, “it is the duty of the state to protect the right to have a different view”, stressing the importance of that right.
“Court granted bail. While the Judge repeatedly asked CBI why custodial interrogation required, CBI came up with statements like Teesta’s organization has taken funds from Ford Foundation, Ford Foundation and Sabrang are promoting Islam etc etc. To which the Judge asked again why was she needed for judicial interrogation? When all that they could furnish was jingoism instead of any evidence inspite of all the CBI search and making Javed and Teesta sit at the CBI office for hours. The Judge said BAIL GRANTED.” writes activist Kamayani Bali Mahabal in her Facebook page.
The Modi Sarkar has so far tried to muzzle the voices of NGOs such as Greenpeace and several other non-profit organisations all across India, accusing them of “violating financial laws in connection with foreign funding”.
On top of that, Teesta Setalvad has also been accused of ‘misappropriating funds’ donated to the organisations that she was running for the victims of the 2002 Gujarat Riots.
However, Setalvad has denied all such claims, observing that she is being harassed persistently for all her legal attempts because she holds Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, as a prime suspect of the 2002 Gujarat Riots.
Written By Debarati Sarkar.
Edited by Aranya Gupta.