I was surprised Prashant Bhushan valiantly arguing today in Headlines Today in support of Teesta. Aam Aadmi Party has a lot to answer why its leader should be playing Devil’s advocate to paint Teesta as a “woman hounded.”
My story on Teesta bribing witnesses was done on November 10, 2008. A month later on Dec 16, 2008 Indian Express carried a story of a riot victim being made to sign a false affidavit by Teesta. The story captioned: “SC affidavit wrong, didn’t know what we signed: riot victim” seehttp://archive.indianexpress.com/…/sc-affidavit-wro…/399007/
The Express story says illiterate victims were made to sign affidavits prepared by Teesta. One Madina Banu Pathan had stated to the Supreme Court she was RAPED and stabbed. But when SC’s own SIT inquired she said she was never raped and she does not know why it was mentioned in her affidavit thus. Who falsified her affidavit and why was the culprit not punished?
Teesta, according to her own staff and supporters, used to send affidavits from Mumbai to her Shahpur office and her staff was responsible for making the victims sign on dotted lines. All affidavits drafted by Teesta and her legal experts were in English and all the victims were illiterate. Most of them were so badly illiterate they never knew what English meant.
Today a queer thing happened in the Supreme Court with the earlier bench of Justices Mukhopadhaya and Ramana not to be seen and instead a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Adarsh Goel present and staying her arrest.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan welcomed this change of bench saying there were questions about the earlier bench on hearing Teesta’s petition. If what Bhushan is saying is the truth that the earlier bench was biased against Teesta than we Indians should hang our head in shame. If Bhushan is lying he should be hanged instead.
Earlier Gujarat high court had refused to grant any relief to the Teesta couple following which Gujarat cops were on the lookout to arrest them.
Bhushan is arguing against custodial interrogation of Teesta which is generally a normal practice when the culprits seem powerful enough to dodge the law.
Wasn’t it a rare decision that SC Chief Justice HL Dattu assigning the anticipatory bail plea of Teesta to a new bench even though none of the two judges on the earlier bench, which had stayed her arrest till Thursday, had recused themselves????? If the earlier judges had not sought recusal why this sudden change?
If today’s development seems interesting there are several past interesting developments when it concerns the incomparable Teesta who seems to have nine lives. Apart from Prashant Bhushan and Kapil Sibal going overboard in defence of her there was earlier one retired SC Judge who too did the same.
He was Justice PB Sawant who was once part of the Supreme Court with the rare distinction of having practiced all branches of law. This man held a press conference sometime in 2011 to announce the formation of a dubious body for Teesta Setalvad called “SAVE TEESTA FROM GUJARAT GOVERNMENT.” Wow !
Sawant should have known before he formed a body to save the endangered Teesta that the Supreme Court had taken it badly of her going to an international human rights agency at a time when the Supreme Court itself was monitoring the progress of the investigations of her grievances in the ongoing Godhra riot cases. Yet Sawant decided to brazen it out.
Why did Teesta go to an international agency over the head of the Supreme Court? Was this not contempt of the Supreme Court apart from showing lack of faith in the apex court and Indian Constitution, albeit a quota Constitution?.
Why should a learned judge like Sawant, let alone being an ex-SC judge, support a person who has been accused of cheating and bribing her own people and crucial witnesses? (For bribery of witnesses see MY TEESTA STORY).
LALOO (as the then railway minister) TOO HAD BROUGHT IN A RETIRED SC JUDGE UC BANERJEE TO DO A PROBE ON GODHRA RIOTS AND THE REPORT THIS GREAT JUDGE SUBMITTED AND WHICH LALOO WENT TO TOWN ALL OVER BIHAR (with the report made into CDs and distributed like hot cakes ) DURING THE ELECTIONS HAD SAID : —
“NO TRAIN WAS EVER BURNT AT GODHRA.”
BOTH UC Banerjee AND LALOO GOT AWAY WITH THIS CANARD THANKS TO THE VENAL CONGRESS RULING INDIA THEN. Of Course the UC REPORT never had to say any MUSLIM VANDALS SETTING FIRE TO THE TRAIN because NO TRAIN WAS BURNT !!!
Now this man Sawant was also very closely associated with Medha Patkar who shook Gujarat on the Narmada Dam issue worse than the Quake of 2001. His coming to save Teesta has no prizes for guessing.
What Sawant overlooked in his eagerness to save Teesta was that legion of cases were filed against Teesta by her own staff and supporters. Obviously Bhushan is not aware of that. He is thinking only the Modi enthusiasts and Gujarat police are hounding her. There are others too who were near & dear to Teesta.
Let us see what cases her NEAR & DEAR ONES filed against her. I wish to limit myself or the list is VERY LONG:
ZAHIRA HABIBULAH SHEIKH – Star witness of Best Bakery case filed a criminal complaint against Teesta Setalvad that she was forced by Teesta to give false deposition. Zahira claimed she was kept illegally confined in 2003 and not only accused Teesta but also her other associates in Baroda
NANUMIYA RASULMIYA MALIK: A witness of Naroda gam case No. 203/2009 during deposition in August’ 2010 before SIT as well as before Additional Session Judge disowned certain parts of his affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court through the CJP of Teesta. Nanumiya denied seeing any rape or murder on 28th Febuary’ 2002. However on Teesta’s instigation he had in his affidavit stated that he saw number of murders & rapes in Naroda gam indulged rioters.
MADINA BANU: A witness of Naroda Gam case No. 203/2009 during her deposition in August’ 2010 before the SIT as well as in the court of Additional Session Judge disowned parts of her affidavit submitted before the Supreme Court saying she was not raped at all though she spoke of being raped by the mob in her affidavit to the SC on the prodding of Teesta.
IMRAN PATHAN: A witness of Naroda gam case No. 203/2009 too disowned certain parts of his affidavit denying seeing any rape or murder though in his affidavit to the SC had vouched for mass murder & rape in Naroda gam area.
RAFIQ MALIK: A witness of Naroda gam case No. 203/2009 during his deposition in September ‘2010 retracted like above mentioned witnesses saying he did not see any rape or murder on 28th February’ 2002 though his affidavit said it differently.
ZAHID KADRI: An educated & well-placed Muslim leader & resident of Ahmedabad in his affidavit 28/05/2010 to the Chief Justice of India, blamed Teesta Setalvad for using him for her selfish ends in the name of helping him in getting justice for his son, who was killed in the police firing during the 2002 riots. Kadri in his affidavit had blamed Teesta for misguiding poor Muslims in the NAME OF RELIGION & collecting money in the name of helping riot victims. He had demanded inquiry against her.
YASMEEN BANU SHEIKH : A prime prosecution witness in Best Bakery Case in her affidavit 17/06/2010 to the Chief Justice of Mumbai HC accused Teesta Setalvad of forcing her to lie in the Trial court at Mumbai & stated:
“Teesta Setalvad made me to give false testimony in the Best Bakery case by luring & misguiding me”.
Yasmeen also narrated how after her deposition she was thrown out from the house where she was kept for 11 months. When the high court failed to take cognizance on her affidavit, she had filed a writ petition in the same court on 26th April 2011 u/s 391 of CrPC to re-examine her in the interest of justice.
The SIT was formed only when Teesta in a writ petition in the SC had stated she had “no faith in the Gujarat police.” Hence investigation of all riot cases were handed over to the SIT for free & fair trial.
When the SIT reported to the SC that witnesses were deposing that they were not aware of the contents of the affidavits in English which they had signed unaware of its contents and which was prepared & notarized by Teesta it brought a swift counter attack. Teesta blamed the SIT for shielding Chief Minister Narendra Modi and even blamed trial judges & public prosecutor for working as agents of Modi. She went to the extent of filing a petition for transfer of judges & PP’s. When SIT raised finger on her for tutoring the witnesses she started accusing the SIT Chief himself !!!!!!