I am not a criminal, says Teesta, alleges was manhandled | India News – Times of India


Ahmedabad: Mumbai-based social activist Teesta Setalvad was arrested on Sunday morning after she was brought to Ahmedabad following her detention in Mumbai. Former IPS officer RB Sreekumar was arrested on Saturday. Top sources in Gujarat police said that dismissed IPS officer Bhatt, who is jailed in Palanpur in a drug peddling case, is likely to be arrested in the next three-four days through a transfer warrant.
The Gujarat home department formed an SIT to probe the case against Setalvad, Sreekumar and ex-IPS Sanjiv Bhatt. “The SIT will be headed by Gujarat ATS DIG Deepan Bhadran and will have Ahmedabad crime branch DCP Chaitanya Mandalik and ATS SP Sunil Joshi as its members,” a home department officer said. The investigation will be carried out by Ahmedabad special operations group ACP BC Solanki.
The crime branch registered the FIR on Saturday, a day after SC dismissed a petition challenging the clean chit given by the SIT to then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and others in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.
Following the arrest of Setalvad and Sreekumar, crime branch sought their remand for 14 days, alleging that duo hatched a larger conspiracy with unknown persons, NGOs and entities to implicate innocent persons in the riots case.
The state agency submitted that the accused duo was not cooperating in the probe. It stated that the possibility of Sreekumar colluding with Setalvad to interfere in the judicial process of riot cases in other parts of the country cannot be ruled out and needs to be investigated.
Defence advocates argued that Setalvad and Sreekumar were not hardened criminals and they would cooperate and come for their deposition as and when they are required.
Before being produced in court, Setalvad told reporters: “I am not a criminal.” She alleged in court that she was being manhandled and suffered bruises on her hands for which she underwent medical examination at VS hospital in Ellisbridge.





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