Who Is Teesta Setalvad?
Teesta Setalvad is an Indian civil rights activist and journalist. She serves as the secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), an organization founded to support the Gujarat riot victims in 2002.
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Setalvad was born in 1962 into a Gujarati family. She is the daughter of Mumbai-based lawyer Atul Setalvad and his wife Sita Setalvad. The first Attorney General of India, M. C. Setalvad was her paternal grandpa. Javed Anand, a former journalist turned minority rights campaigner, was married to Setalvad.
Teesta Setalvad Arrested
On the evening of June 25, activist Teesta Setalvad was arrested by police. Teesta’s NGO was instrumental in ensuring that many victims of the Gujarat riots of 2002 received justice in the courts. A day after Zakia Jafri’s appeal against the SIT’s decision not to charge Narendra Modi for his alleged involvement in the anti-Muslim riots was denied by the Supreme Court, her arrest followed. She and two ex-police officers from Gujarat, R.B. Sreekumar and Sanjiv Bhatt, are charged with misleading the SIT to convict innocent people.
Rukmini Sen, a journalist and filmmaker, arrived at Setalvad’s house after learning that the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had done so. This is how she described the entire incident.
Why Teesta Setalvad Arrested?
A court in Ahmedabad on Saturday sentenced activist Teesta Setalvad and former director general of police R.B. Sreekumar to 14 days of judicial imprisonment after they were both accused of falsifying evidence in connection with cases involving the 2002 Gujarat riots.
The two were released from police custody and brought before metropolitan magistrate S.P. Patel. According to special public prosecutor Amit Patel, the police did not request their extended arrest.
In response to a First Information Report (FIR) filed last Saturday by the Ahmedabad police crime branch, Ms. Setalvad and Mr. Sreekumar were arrested.
Last Saturday, Mr. Sreekumar was arrested, and Ms. Setalvad arrested the following day after being picked up from her Mumbai residence by the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad.
Teesta Setalvad Husband
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Javed Anand, a former journalist turned minority rights campaigner, was married to Setalvad. They have two children, a boy and a daughter. The Mumbai-based Sabrang Communications was established in 1983 by Indian journalist and civil rights activist Javed Anand. He and Teesta Setalvad, his wife, co-edit the monthly publication Communalism Combat.
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