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Mainstream, VOL LIII No 9, February 21, 2015

In Defence of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand

Monday 23 February 2015

We are shocked to learn of the rejection of the Anticipatory bail applications of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand by the Gujarat High Court. Media stories suggest that the bail applications have been turned down because Setalavad and Anand were “not cooperating with the investigations” and that prima facie “funds were used for private purpose”. It is a matter of record that they have submitted their original bank statements, balance-sheets and audited accounts that completely disprove the allegations. Does this amount to non-cooperation or prima facie evidence of wrong-doing?

We stand with Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, and their quest for justice for the victims of the 2002 violence, which has turned them into a target of Gujarat Government’s ire. We condemn this witch-hunt and the false and malicious propaganda being circulated against them.

Shabnam Hashmi, John Dayal, Sudha Bharadwaj, Manisha Sethi, Kumar Sundaram, Amrita Chhachhi, Amar Kanwar, Dipak Malik, Tanweer Fazal, Subhash Gatade, Binayak Sen, Admiral L. Ramdas, Harbans Mukhia, Prabhat Patnaik, Prashant Bhushan, Neshat Quaiser, G. Arunima, Dipak Dholakia, Debabrata Banerjee, Nirmal-angshu Mukherji, Saeed Naqvi, R.B. Sreekumar, Maja Daruwala, Aditya Sarkar and many others.

[Over three thousand two hundred people have signed this petition.]