The Supreme Court of India on Sept. 2 granted “interim bail” to detained human rights activist Teesta Setalvad. The justices observed that, while the high court must decide whether Setalvad is ultimately released on bail, the court is free to decide “whether the custody of the appellant must be insisted upon during the consideration of matter.”
Setalvad was arrested on June 25, accused of fabricating documents related to the 2002 anti-Muslim Gujarat riots, and faces charges including forgery and criminal conspiracy. However, human rights groups have questioned the charges against her. Amnesty International India called Setalvad’s arrest a “direct reprisal against those who dare to question” Indian authorities’ human rights practices.
From Jurist, Sept. 4. Used with permission.
See our last report on the Teesta Setalvad case.
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