Fifteen years on, victims of the communal violence continue to face threats, stigma and state apathy, their hope for relief and justice slowly dwindling away.
The Gujarat 2002 survivor thanked the high court for its order – possibly the first time that police complicity in communal violence has been clearly acknowledged and punished by the judiciary.
Bilkis Bano got justice because the rest of India and its institutions were not infected by the virus of lawlessness that Modi bred in his home state. Today, that virus is going national.
The court considered the submission of amicus curiae and senior advocate Harish Salve and SIT chief R.K. Raghavan, who is a former CBI chief, that the trial court should be granted more time as it has to examine nearly 300 witnesses.
Far from clamouring for the videos tapes of Ayyub’s sting operation, Modi partisans have maintained a studied silence. Is it simply because they are cowards, or because they have accepted its truth?
He has been targeted by the Gujarat government ever since he presented mobile phone records of ministers, police officers and bureaucrats before the commission probing the 2002 riots.
Rana Ayyub in conversation with Siddharth Varadarajan on her self published and recently launched ‘Gujarat Files – Anatomy of a cover-up’.
An excerpt from Rana Ayyub’s ‘Gujarat Files: The Anatomy of a Cover-Up’
The court made it clear that there was no threat “national security and public interest” if Setalvad and her husband remain free and also questioned the need for their custodial interrogation.
We are not even prepared to recognise the gravity of the crime of communal violence and treat it on par with terrorism, let alone adopt legal remedies to deal with it.
A tale from the Mahabharat reminds us that the battles Teesta Setalvad is fighting are not about the Gujarat riots but about Rajdharma
On July 14, 2015, the Central Bureau of Investigation raided the home of anti-communalism activist Teesta Setalvad, a week after the Union Home Ministry transferred an ongoing investigation into her finances to the elite agency. The CBI filed a case against her last week for criminal conspiracy and illegally receiving foreign […]