Setalvad appeals SC to treat Tehelka CDs as evidence

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New Delhi, Oct 27 (UNI) Human Rights activist, Teesta Setalvad, today filed an application in the Supreme Court to treat the disclosures and exposures in the Gujarat riot cases, made in the Tehelka sting operation, as evidence under the Indian Evidence Act.

She also pleaded in her application to the Court that witnesses, who are being intimidated and are under constant threat and pressure, should be provided adequate protection so that they can depose before the Court without fear.

She appealed in her application that the Tehelka editor, should be directed to place before the apex court CDs of the sting operation in which a BJP MLA and a Bajrang Dal leader, who are accused in the 2002 Gujarat communal riot cases, have admitted on camera that they were in constant touch with Chief Minister Narendra Modi as well as former State Home Minister Gordhan Zadaphia and had their tacit support while killing the members of minority community in the state.

One of them, Shiv Sena leader Babu Bajrangi, has also admitted that he was told by the former State Home Minister to flee from the state after Bajrangi informed the minister that he and his accomplices had killed a large number of people in the state belonging to the Muslim community.

The application is likely to come up for hearing on Monday.

The applicant has also pleaded for urgent hearing of the application in view of the disclosure made in the Tehelka sting operation.


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