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Godhra court grants anticipatory bail to Setalvad

PTI  Godhra, February 15, 2011
First Published: 16:57 IST(15/2/2011) | Last Updated: 16:59 IST(15/2/2011)

A fast track court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to social activists Teesta Setalvad in connection with exhumation of bodies of 2002 riot victims four years after they were buried.

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Fast track judge V D Parmar granted anticipatory bail to Setalvad on grounds of parity as other accused in the case have been granted bail.

Setalvad runs a NGO called Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP) and has taken up the cause of riot victims.

According to the details of the case, in 2002 the district administration had buried about 28 unidentified bodies of riot victims from Pandarwada and surrounding villages of Khanpur taluka of Panchmahal district at a graveyard near river Panam there.

After over four years, Rais Khan, who was then associated with CJP, and 12 others exhumed these bodies without the permission of the government.

Following this, a criminal complaint was registered against Khan and others. But they obtained a stay on further investigation in the case.

The stay on investigation was lifted by the High Court in November last year, after which Khan and his three aides were arrested on December 14.

Khan, who is no more associated with Setalvad, gave a statement under section 164 of CrPC to the police saying that they had exhumed bodies at the behest of Setalvad.

After that Setalvad filed an anticipatory bail plea in Godhra court.


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