Sit Report Claims Teesta Setalvad Got Funds From Congress To Destabilize Gujarat Government
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The Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the Gujarat government on Friday claimed that social activist Teesta Setalvad had received Congress funds to destabilize the Gujarat government in 2002.
The SIT said Setalvad was hatching a major conspiracy to destabilize the elected government in Gujarat soon after the 2002 Godhra train burning incident. Not only this, for this he also got financial support from a big leader of the rival political party.
Let us tell you that in the year 2002, there were horrific riots in Gujarat. Congress was the main party in the opposition then. The SIT said this in an affidavit filed in the civil sessions court of the city today, objecting to Setalvad’s bail plea. The SIT said that the accused had hatched a bigger conspiracy with political motives.
The SIT of the Gujarat Police on Wednesday also arrested former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt after activist Teesta Setalvad and former Gujarat Director General of Police RB Sreekumar in a case related to the 2002 communal riots.
The SIT, in its affidavit, said that further investigation in the matter is going on and so far the statements of two witnesses have been taken. The SIT said the statements of these two witnesses suggest that the conspiracy was carried out by Setalvad along with other accused persons, at the behest of Ahmed Patel, the then Rajya Sabha MP and political advisor to the Congress President.
According to the SIT, the accused Setalvad had started being a part of this conspiracy from the very beginning. He had a meeting with Ahmed Patel a few days after the Godhra train incident and was given five lakh rupees in the first instance. On the instructions of the senior Congress leader, a witness gave him the money.
Police told the court that two days later, in a meeting between Patel and Setalvad at the Government Circuit House in Shahibagh, Rs 25 lakh was given to Setalvad on the instructions of the witness Nave Patel.
According to the report, the cash given in the meeting was not part of any relief fund. It also said that the presence of many political leaders in these meetings is also confirmed.