New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear the bail plea of social activist Teesta Setalvad on Wednesday. His regular bail was rejected by the Gujarat High Court. He was directed to surrender immediately for allegedly fabricating evidence in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots.
However, the Supreme Court on Saturday gave relief to Setalvad by staying the immediate arrest. A three-judge bench headed by Justice BR Gavai had stayed that Gujarat High Court order for seven days. A bench of Justices BR Gavai, AS Bopanna and Dipankar Dutta will hear the petition.
Granting interim protection from arrest to Setalvad for seven days, the bench had said that the single judge should have given some time. We stay the order of the Single Bench for a period of one week. Court said- We are sorry to say that the single judge was completely wrong in not giving interim protection even for a week.
Supreme Court can take a decision
The Supreme Court said- When this court has granted interim bail, it would have been ideal to extend it for a week. The Solicitor General had said that this is not an ordinary case. He defamed the country and the state for decades. The Supreme Court asked the Solicitor General- His conduct may be condemnable, but today we are considering whether freedom should be taken away from a person even for a day? Now the top court can take a big decision in this matter on Wednesday.