Revenge is the Only Motive of the Vindictive Modi government – A Statement in Support of Teesta and Others

The following is a Statement issued by SAHMAT in Support of Teesta Setalvad and others

We are shocked and outraged by the continuing attempt of the highly vindictive Modi government and the Gujarat police to somehow implicate activists Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, along with three victim-survivors of the state-sponsored Gujarat carnage in 2002 on patently trumped-up charges.

This is nothing but a desperate bid to delay or derail the justice process, in particular Zakia Jafri’s appeal which is now before the Gujarat High Court. Mrs. Jafri has accused Gujarat chief minister and home minister, Narendra Modi along with 59 other top politicians, police officers and civil servants of conspiracy for mass murder and other serious criminal offences.

It is significant that the Supreme Court appointed amicus curiae in the case, Mr. Raju Ramachandran, has told the apex court there was enough prima facie evidence to prosecute Modi.

Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand are being especially targeted as they are among the founder members of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) and have been at the forefront of the struggle for justice for the victims-survivors of the Gujarat pogrom.

Equally condemnable is the hounding in the same alleged “cheating” case, of three office bearers of Gulberg Housing Society, Ahmedabad, each of whom lost several family members when police watched as frenzied mobs attacked their colony on February 27, 2002. Among them is Tanvir Jafri whose father and former Congress MP, Ehsan Jafri was mercilessly butchered along with 68 others.

CJP is today nationally and internationally recognised and respected for the sustained efforts of its team of lawyers resulting in 117 of the perpetrators being given life sentences by the trial courts. Among them is former BJP MLA and minister in Modi cabinet Maya Kodnani and Gujarat’s Bajrang Dal leader, Babu Bajrangi for their role in the Naroda Patiya massacre.

Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand have already filed affidavits in the courts, rebutting each and every charge in detail. What’s more, they have accused the Gujarat police of spreading falsehood through affidavits filed in court.

The latest malicious move of the Modi government and the Gujarat police is a clear indicator that revenge is the shape of things to come.

As citizens committed to the Rule of Law, we denounce the vengeful action of the Modi government and the Gujarat police, and demand immediate withdrawal of the motivated and baseless FIR against Teesta Setalvad, Javed Anand, Tanvir Jafri and the office-bearers of the Gulberg  Society.

Romila Thapar                                                   Rooprekha Verma                   Sashi Kumar

C.P. Chandrasekhar                                         Prabhat Patnaik                        Anil Bhatti

Archana Prasad                                                Vivan Sundaram                       Ram Rahman

Madangopal Singh                                            M.K. Raina                                  Ajeet Caur

Irfan Habib                                                          Githa Hariharan                       Gitanjali Shree

Indira Chandrasekhar                                    Jasodhra Bagchi                        Shubha Mudgal

K.M. Shrimali                                                      Sudhir Chandra                         Shireen Moosvi

Sohail Hashmi                                                    Amiya Kumar Bagchi              Aditya Nigam

Ajith Pillai                                                            Ali N. Rizavi                                Amar Farooqui

Amit Sen Gupta                                                  Anil Chandra                              Anuradha Chenoy

Arjun Dev                                                             Arpana Caur                               Asad Zaidi

B.P. Sahu                                                                Badri Raina                                Biswamoy Pati

D.N. Jha                                                                  E. Somanathan                         Faizan Haider Naqvi

Geeta Kapur                                                          Ghayur Alam                            Neshat Qaiser

Iqtidar Alam Khan                                              Anil Rai                                      Anwer Pasha

Indira Arjun Dev                                                  Ishrat Alam                             Jauhar Kanungo

Jayati Ghosh                                                          Kamal Mitra Chenoy            Kesavan Veluthat

Keval Arora                                                           Kumar Shahani                        Lata Singh

Lima kanungo                                                       Madhu Prasad                          Zoya Hasan

Madhusree Dutta                                                 Malini Bhattacharya             Mihir Bhattacharya

MMP Singh                                                             Mohan Rao                                Moloyashree Hashmi

N.K. Sharma                                                           Najaf Haider                             Nalini Taneja

Nandakumar                                                          Navjot Altaf                              Nikhil Kumar

Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay                                  Nilima Sheikh                           Mrinalini Mukherjee
Parthiv Shah                                                           Nivedita Menon                      Utsa Patnaik

Prabhat Shukla                                                      Pradeep Saxena                       Praful Bidwai

R.C. Thakran                                                           Rahul Verma                            Rajendra Prasad

Rakhshanda Jalil                                                   Zafar Agha                                 Ramesh Rawat

Rebecca Kurian                                                     Rekha Awasthi                         S. Kalidas

S.Z.H. Jafri                                                              Saba Hasan                                 Sashi Kumar

Shakti Kak                                                                Shamim Akhtar                        Shamshad

Shikha Ghosh                                                          Wasi Haider                               Shohini Ghosh

Sukumar Muralidharan                                       V. Ramakrishna                      Seshnarayan Singh

Sumitra Purkayastha                                           Abhilasha Kumari                  Jagmati Sangwan

Manisha Bakhshi                                                   Pratul Dash


2 thoughts on “Revenge is the Only Motive of the Vindictive Modi government – A Statement in Support of Teesta and Others”

  1. The manner in which the govt and court system in Gujarat state have persecuted and harassed Teesta Setalvad, the untiring human rights fighter for the dispossesed – has no parallel. In collusion with Modi and BJP they have bribed and also intimidated some very poor victims of the 2002 Gujarat genoicide, making them to state false things about Teesta. It defines common sense to say that Teesta will embezzle money. It is a very sad commentary on the state of judiciary in India.

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