NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to Teesta Setalvad in a case of forgery and criminal conspiracy pertaining to the 2002 Gujarat riots and directed that she be released on Saturday even as it left it to the trial court to decide on the bail conditions.
The court brushed aside the strong opposition from the state government not to grant any relief to her, and paved the way for Teesta to be freed for the time being. As the state government admitted that she was subjected to custodial interrogation for seven days, the court said she is entitled to interim bail but made it clear that the Gujarat high court should decide her regular bail plea without being influenced by its order.
Teesta entitled to relief on four grounds: SC on interim bail
Granting interim bail to social activist Teesta Setalvad, a Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice U U Lalit and Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sudhanshu Dhulia said, “In our view, the appellant is entitled to the release on interim bail. It must be stated that as argued by the solicitor general, the matter is still pending consideration before the high court. We are, therefore, not considering whether the appellant be released on bail or not. That issue is to be considered by the HC. We are considering only from the standpoint of whether the custody of the appellant must be insisted upon during the consideration of the matter.”