Bangalore advocates Protest against illegal arrest of Teesta Setalvad

Advocates in Bengaluru today protested against the illegal arrest of human rights activist, Teesta Setalvad and former DGP R B Sreekumar here at Civil Court premises in Bengaluru on Monday. The protest that started at 2 PM was conducted to show solidarity with the two.

Both were arrested a day after the Supreme Court dismissed Zakia Jafri’s petition which challenged the clean chit given by the SIT and Gujarat High Court to then Chief Minister, Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat Muslim genocide.

The Supreme court had brought into question the role of those who “kept the pot boiling”. Both of these arrests took place hours after Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in an interview to ANI, criticised the role of “a police official” and Setalvad’s NGO, apart from media, in the case against Narendra Modi.

Former IPS officer and whistleblower Sanjiv Bhatt was also named in the nine-page FIR, filed on behalf of the Gujarat state. Bhatt is already in jail in connection with another case.

Meanwhile, Journalist and author of Gujarat Files Rana Ayyub received a notice by twitter, informing her that owing to Indian IT laws her account has been withheld.
This initiated a sharp reaction by Twitterati with most seeing this as an attack on people who spoke against Modi or the 2002 Gujarat Massacre.
Veteran tennis player Martina Navratilova, responding to Rana Ayyub’s tweet, tweeted: “So who is next?!? Just awful…”

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