Disputing the bail application of activist Teesta Setalvad, the state on Wednesday submitted to the Gujarat High Court that its ability to manipulate evidence is the “most important feature” affecting it. The state also insisted that the charges it is facing relate to fabricating false evidence, adding that it had received 30,000 rupees from Ahmed Patel of Congress to dismiss Narendra Modi’s government in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The State Prosecution Office, represented by Attorney General Mitch Amin, also presented before the Court of Justice Nirzar Desai that Setalvad was “a tool in the hands of certain politicians of a particular political party,” referring to Congress leader Ahmed Patil, who died in 2020.

In turn, he asserted, Setalvad made two police officers, her former co-accused IPS Sanjiv Bhatt and retired DGP RB Sreekumar, “tools”, motivated by “her vision (on)

that the current establishment (in 2002, when Gujarat CM was Narendra Modi) had gone bankrupt, was facing problems and had tarnished its image in the society.” Amin submitted that Ahmed Patel had paid INR 30,000 to Setalvad to ensure inclusion and overthrow of the then-established establishment in the business. The 2002 Gujarat riots, he added, added that after the money started flowing in, there came a phase where FIRs were recorded against certain people but it was of no importance to Setalvad on whether they were prosecuted or punished.

“…what their motive was seeing that the creation of that time was over. Accordingly, they were looking for a complainant who could be the complainant to publish that. So eventually the first choice fell on the father of the deceased Haren Pandya, who is Vitalbhai Pandya, who was wronged for reasons known to him, against the highest functionary of the state (then CM Modi). Submit the claim. The prosecution will continue its arguments on Thursday.


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