Public Hearing   On the Hounding of Teesta Setalvad and other Activists   Facts of the Case: Adv. Kamini Jaiswal Adv. Ramesh Pukhrambam Prof. Madhu Prasad   Other Speakers: Justice Sachar . Harsh Mander . Shabnam Hashmi . Siddharth Varadarajan . Manoj Mitta   Members of the Jury: Aruna Roy E.N. Rammohan Om Thanvi Amitabh Mukhopadhyay Mrinal Pande   27 July (Monday), Press Club, New Delhi, 2 pm – 6 pm   Jan Awaz, Jan Hastakshep, Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties Rajasthan and Delhi (PUCL), Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association (JTSA), National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW), Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), Swaraj … Continue reading

On the timing of the Multi Pronged Attack (CBI and Gujarat Police) AND the significance of the Zakia Jafri petition

By Teesta Setalvad (On her way to CBI office today) The Zakia Jafri criminal revision petition in HC should not be confused with the Gulberg case which deals with the 69 people killed there along with Ehsaan saab. This petition attempts to look at criminal or administrative culpability for all the incidents during the Gujarat riots of 2002. So in that sense it is a very historical legal endeavour.  It began with the criminal complaint Zakia Jafri filed with our assistance on June 8, 2006. When an FIR was not registered, we went to the high court seeking directions for … Continue reading On the timing of the Multi Pronged Attack (CBI and Gujarat Police) AND the significance of the Zakia Jafri petition

PRESS RELEASE  22-07-2015 STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF TEESTA SETALVAD We, the undersigned, express their profound dismay and disquiet at the continued official harassment of human rights defenders Teesta Setalvad and Jawed Anand by the Central Government. Since installation of the BJP led Government in Delhi in May 2014, the country has witnessed open strenuous official efforts to foist a large variety of charges of financial irregularity on them, to harass them, to tarnish their reputations, and to secure their arrests. Fortunately, the interventions of the higher judiciary have protected them so far. However, the latest raids by the Central Bureau … Continue reading

Stop Hounding Teesta Setalvad, Javed Anand And Others

Press Release 19 July, 2015 Countercurrents.org Demonstrations are being held in different cities of India in solidarity with Teesta Setalvad, Javed Anand and their colleagues. Intellectuals, academicians, students, artists, activists, teachers and ordinary people are coming out outraged by the blatant misuse of state machinery to hound and persecute a group of courageous human rights defenders. The latest raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation into their home and offices in Mumbai on 14 July 2015 are continuation of the undeclared policy of first, the Gujarat government, and since May 2014, of the Central government to harass and demoralize them … Continue reading Stop Hounding Teesta Setalvad, Javed Anand And Others

Teesta Setalvad’s Lawyers Hit Out at CBI for Calling Her Threat to National Security

All India | Reported by Saurabh Gupta, Edited by Sanjeev Singh | Updated: July 19, 2015 00:53 IST Mumbai, Maharashtra:  Social activist Teesta Setalvad’s lawyers have hit out at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for calling her a threat to national security to a Mumbai Court yesterday. The agency was opposing the anticipatory bail of the activist in a case of alleged violations related to foreign funding of her NGOs. Ms Setalvad’s lawyer, Vijay Hiremath told NDTV, “It’s extremely ridiculous that she is a threat to national security. The documents that were seized have been earlier given to other … Continue reading Teesta Setalvad’s Lawyers Hit Out at CBI for Calling Her Threat to National Security

Citizens’ Group Flays CBI Raids on Teesta

By Express News Service Published: 20th July 2015 07:24 AM Last Updated: 20th July 2015 07:24 AM BENGALURU: Activists of the Environment Support Group (ESG) have come out strongly against the recent CBI raids on activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. In a press release on Sunday, Leo Saldanha of ESG termed the raid a shocking development and said it was political vendetta to insult and humiliate the couple who have been fighting for the rights of the 2002 Gujarat riot victims.  The group said they were against “state-sponsored intimidation of human rights activists”.   Continue reading @ http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/Citizens-Group-Flays-CBI-Raids-on-Teesta/2015/07/20/article2929814.ece Continue reading Citizens’ Group Flays CBI Raids on Teesta

The many ideas that Teesta Setalvad has come to symbolise

It is limiting to freeze the activist and her husband as the doughty fighters of secularism battling Hindutva, or the fearless defenders of pluralistic India. Ajaz Ashraf  · Today · 09:15 am From the time activist Teesta Setalvad took upon herself the onerous task of securing justice for the survivors of the 2002 Gujarat riots, she and her husband, Javed Anand, had gradually come to signify a variety of meanings. Some of these have been now magnified manifold because of the recent CBI raid on the couple, popularly perceived to have been carried out at the behest of the National … Continue reading The many ideas that Teesta Setalvad has come to symbolise

The Shameful Persecution of Teesta setalvad

Brinda Karat The news recently carried a statement made by the CBI to a special court about someone being a threat to national security. As a citizen of India, who would you consider a threat to national security? Did you say terrorist? Not many would disagree with you. Regardless of the name of the  religion under which terrorism masquerades to kill innocent people, a terrorist is just that, a terrorist. You must have been concerned therefore, when you read that a courageous woman public prosecutor was being pressured by an officer of the premier National Investigation Agency to go soft in … Continue reading The Shameful Persecution of Teesta setalvad

Expert Gyan: What Lies Behind the CBI Raid on Teesta Setalvad

By The Wire Staff on 18/07/2015 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 funds, charges Setalvad denies. Though she wrote to the CBI saying she was willing to cooperate with them in every way, the CBI decided to raid her premises. Setalvad’s organisation, Citizens for Justice and Peace, has canvassed and litigated for the prosecution of cases stemming from the 2002 … Continue reading Expert Gyan: What Lies Behind the CBI Raid on Teesta Setalvad