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Who is Teesta Setalvad?

Teesta Setalvad (born 9 February 1962) is an Indian civil rights activist and journalist. She is the secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), an organization formed to advocate for the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Gujarat Police Arrest Teesta Setalvad, Activist Who Pursued 2002 Riots Case Against Modi

Gujarat Police Arrest Teesta Setalvad, Activist Who Pursued 2002 Riots Case Against Modi
Gujarat Police Arrest Teesta Setalvad, Activist Who Pursued 2002 Riots Case Against Modi

Less than a day after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition appealing a lower court’s refusal to file a case against Narendra Modi for his role in Gujarat’s anti-Muslim violence of 2002, the state’s police have arrested one of the petitioners – activist Teesta Setalvad – for what they claimed was a conspiracy to send innocent persons to jail.

Setalvad was picked by the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of the Gujarat Police from her house in Mumbai, taken to a local police station and then driven to Ahmedabad, her family told The Wire. It is unclear why the ATS detained the activist, though the case was registered by the crime branch of the Ahmedabad police.

The FIR cites various provisions of the Indian Penal Code including 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic records), 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence with the intent to procure conviction of capital offence), and 211 (false charge of offence made to injure).

Also accused with Setalvad are two IPS officers from Gujarat, Sanjeev Bhatt – already in jail for another matter – and R.B. Sreekumar.

Sreekumar has also been arrested, according to reports. The former police officer was arrested from his residence in Gandhinagar on Saturday afternoon and taken to the crime branch’s headquarters.

Teesta Setalvad Biography, Wiki

Teesta Setlavad is a journalist0turned-activist, who has been active in the Gujarat riots case. She formed an organisation called Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) saying that this will advocate for the victims of the 2002 riots. Her organisation was a copetitioner in many cases related to the pogrom.

However, the Supreme Court on Friday said that Seetalvad had exploited the emotions of petitioner Zakia Jafri for ‘ulterior motives.’

In 1993, she launched a magazine, Communalism Combat, with her husband. This was said to be in response to communal riots that had gripped the country in the wake of the Babri Masjid demolition.

In 2002, she launched Citizens for Justice and Peace with Cedric Prakash, Anil Dharker, Alyque Padamsee, Javed Akhtar, Vijay Tendulkar and Rahul Bose to carry out the litigation work for the 2002 riots victims.

Teesta Setalvad completes her school Education at a Privet school in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Then she gets admitted to the University Of Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra for her Higher Education & Where she complete her Graduate. Then she gets admitted to Elphinstone College, Mumbai, Maharashtra & Where she complete a Degree in Philosophy.

Teesta Setalvad Biography Wikipedia
Teesta Setalvad
Bio
Real NameTeesta Setalvad
Profession(s)Journalist, Civil Rights Activist
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 February 1962
Age (as in 2018)56 Years
BirthplaceMumbai, Maharashtra
Zodiac sign/Sun signAquarius
NationalityIndian
HometownMumbai, Maharashtra
SchoolNot Known
UniversityBombay University
Educational QualificationDegree of Philosophy from Bombay University
ReligionNot Known
Awards/Honours2000: Presented with The Prince Claus Award
2002: Won Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award given by the Congress party
2003: Honoured with the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award
2006: Goven the Nani A Palkhivala Award
2007: Awarded the Padma Shri award for Public Affairs in Maharashtra by the Government of India
2009: Received FIMA Excellence Award – given by Federation of Indian Muslim Associations in Kuwait
Controversies• In 2013, she was accused of misusing the donation done in the name of Gujarat riots. At that time, around 12 residents of the Gulbarg Society were the victim of riots and according to them, Teesta had promised them to use all the national and international collections done by her in reconstructing their houses, but she failed to do so. Moreover, the victims also tried to ban her organisation Citizens for Justice and Peace. Later, an FIR was also filed against Teesta and her husband.
• Teesta’s organisation Sabrang Communications and Publishing has taken around $290,000 from the US-based Ford Foundation without the government approval; as it was not registered under FCRA (Foreign Contributions Regulation Act).
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/BoyfriendsNot Known
Family
Husband/SpouseJaved Anand (Journalist, Civil Rights Activist)
Teesta Setalvad With Her Husband Javed
ChildrenSon– Jibran
Daughter– Tamara
ParentsFather– Atul Setalvad (Lawyer)
Mother– Sita Setalvad
SiblingsNot Known

Teesta Setalvad Career

Teesta graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Bombay University in 1983 and started work as a journalist. She reported for the Mumbai editions of The Daily (India) and The Indian Express newspapers, and later for Business India magazine.

Setalvad’s career as a mainstream journalist was brief. She and her husband quit their regular jobs to start Communalism Combat, an advocacy magazine. According to Javed Anand (Setalvad’s husband and co-founder of Communalism Combat), the decision to break from mainstream journalism was motivated by their desire to engage in legal advocacy along with journalism.

Setalvad and her husband, along with others such as Father Cedric Prakash (a catholic priest), Anil Dharker (a journalist), Alyque Padamsee, Javed Akhtar, Vijay Tendulkar and Rahul Bose (all film & theatre personalities) set up an NGO named “Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)” on 1 April 2002.

The NGO forthwith began to litigate in various courts against the alleged complicity of the Chief Minister and government of Gujarat state in the riots that had broken out shortly before. Their efforts met with partial success in April 2004, when the Supreme Court of India transferred the “Best Bakery case” case to the neighbouring state of Maharashtra.

At the same time, the court also overturned the recent acquittal of 21 accused and ordered that the investigation and trial be conducted afresh. By 2013, all the cases filed by CPJ had been dismissed at three levels of the judiciary (trial court, state High Court and the Indian Supreme Court) and only one appeal is pending.

This is an appeal to the Supreme Court against a conviction handed out by the High Court to Maya Kodnani, a former minister in the government of Gujarat.

Teesta has authored the chapter When Guardians Betray: The Role of the Police in the book Gujarat: The making of a tragedy, edited by Siddharth Varadarajan and published by Penguin (ISBN 978-0143029014). The book is about the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Teesta Setalvad Husband

Seetalvad was born into a Gujarati family in 1962. Her father Atul Setalvad was a Mumbai-based lawyer. Her paternal grandfather was MC Setalvad was India’s first Attorney General.

Setalvad is to journalist Javed Anand, who later turned into a minority rights activist. They have two children, daughter Tamara and son Tamara.

Teesta Setalvad FAQ’s

Who is Teesta Setalvad?

Teesta Setalvad (born 9 February 1962) is an Indian civil rights activist and journalist. She is the secretary of Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), an organization formed to advocate for the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots.

How old is Teesta Setalvad?

Teesta Setalvad is currently 60 years old.

What happened to Teesta Setalvad?

Less than a day after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition appealing a lower court’s refusal to file a case against Narendra Modi for his role in Gujarat’s anti-Muslim violence of 2002, the state’s police have arrested one of the petitioners – activist Teesta Setalvad – for what they claimed was a conspiracy to send innocent persons to jail.

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