Supreme Court pulls up Modi on FIR against activistFebruary 21st, 2012 - 4:01 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) The Supreme Court Tuesday pulled up the Gujarat government for filing a frivolous FIR against social activist Teesta Setalvad in connection with the 2002 Gujarat Riots case involving the digging up of unidentified bodies buried at Lunawada in Gujarat.
The apex court bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam told counsel for the Gujarat government that these kind of cases do not bring any credit to the state government.
Describing the FIR filed against Committee for Justice and Peace (CJP) secretary Setalvad as ‘frivolous’, the court asked the state counsel to read the FIR dispassionately and give his opinion as an officer of the court.
The court said this in the course of a hearing of a petition by Setalvad seeking the quashing of the FIR wherein, along with others, she has been named as an accused for unauthorisedly digging up the graves of unidentified bodies.
The Lunawada mass grave digging case refers to an incident Dec 27, 2005 when six people, led by Rais Khan Pathan, the then field co-ordinator of the CJP had dug up 28 unclaimed bodies near the bed of the Panam river at Lunawada in Panchmahal district of Gujarat.
Claiming that the bodies were of the missing victims of the Pandharwada Massacre and that they were their relatives, they had then reburied the bodies according to Islamic rites after having conducted DNA tests to identify them.
At the time, Pathan had said that he had dug up the graves at Setalvad’s behest.
A total of 32 people — all of them Muslim and residents of Pandharwada town in Panchmahal district — were reported to have been killed March 1, 2002, during statewide communal riots. However, bodies of 28 persons were not found.
- Court slams Gujarat, spares Teest in mass grave case - Apr 13, 2012
- Apex Court pulls up Modi for frivolous case against activist (Lead) - Feb 21, 2012
- Court slams Gujarat, spares Teesta in mass grave case (Lead) - Apr 13, 2012
- Gujarat court rejects Teesta Setalvad's plea - May 28, 2011
- Apex court questions Gujarat on probe against Setalvad (Lead) - Jan 30, 2012
- Order on Teesta's plea reserved till Friday - May 25, 2011
- Riot panel witness testifies against Teesta Setalvad - Nov 24, 2010
- Teesta denies fabricating riot victims' affidavits - Nov 25, 2010
- Citizens group condemns arrest of Gujarat DIG - Oct 04, 2011
- 'Teesta Setalvad not worried about court probe' - Nov 05, 2010
- Gujarat government harassing Sanjiv Bhatt, say activists - Oct 01, 2011
- Gujarat police in Bhopal to summon scribe in exhumation case - Dec 29, 2010
- Verdict a huge step forward: Setalvad - Sep 12, 2011
- Teesta Setalvad gets anticipatory bail - Aug 03, 2011
- Probe on 'doctored' Gujarat riots affidavits - Jul 11, 2011
Tags: aftab, apex court, behest, cjp, co ordinator, communal riots, court bench, dna tests, field co, fir, grave digging, gujarat government, islamic rites, justice and peace, missing victims, rais khan, social activist, state counsel, unclaimed bodies, unidentified bodies