An Ahmedabad court on Saturday denied bail to activist Teesta Setalvad and former Director General of Police RB Sreekumar, who were arrested on June 26 for allegedly committing forgery and fabricating evidence in a case related to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
The judge had deferred his order multiple times this week.
On July 20, the state government had opposed the bail applications of Setalvad and Sreekumar .
In an affidavit filed on July 15, the Gujarat Police alleged that Setalvad was part of a larger conspiracy along with Sreekumar and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt to destabilise the elected state government after the 2002 riots in Gujarat.
This conspiracy, the police claimed, was planned at the behest of Ahmed Patel, a former Congress MP.
Both Setalvad and Sreekumar have contested this allegation.
Setalvad has claimed that the charges levied against her were not backed by evidence and not maintainable under law. Sreekumar has also claimed that no offence was made out against him under the Indian Penal Code.
Setalvad’s and Sreekumar’s arrest
On June 24, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition where Zakia Jafri, the wife of politician Ehsan Jafri, and Setalvad had challenged the clean chit given to Narendra Modi, who was Gujarat’s chief minister when the 2002 riots took place, and other officials.
While dismissing the petition, the court noted that certain people…