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SIT files chargesheet against Teesta Setalvad, RB Sreekumar & Sanjiv Bhatt in Gujarat riots case

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Wednesday filed a charge sheet against Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad, retired DGP RB Sreekumar and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt in a case of alleged fabrication of evidence in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots cases.

SIT and Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) chief Deepan Bhadran has confirmed that the chargesheet was filed against the trio in an Ahmedabad court on Tuesday, reports Indian Express.

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While Sreekumar has been in custody since his arrest on June 25, Setalvad was picked up by the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad from her home in Mumbai on 26 June. She was released on interim bail following a September 2 order of the Supreme Court.

Sreekumar has filed a bail plea before the Gujarat High Court, which is to be heard on September 28. Sanjeev Bhatt is already lodged in Palanpur Jail, convicted in 1990 custodial death case.

The chargesheet was filed against Setalvad, Sreekumar and Bhatt under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 468 (forgery), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of capital offence, 211 (false charge of offence made with intent to injure) and 218 (public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture) of the Indian Penal Code, the report said.

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The FIR was registered against the three by the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch on the basis of the Supreme Court’s verdict upholding a clean chit on the role of the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, his council of ministers and bureaucrats in the 2002 riots.

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