The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked sharp questions to the CBI and the Gujarat government. The Supreme Court questioned why the CBI and the Gujarat government wanted to send social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand back to jail after being on anticipatory bail for more than seven years. A bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice BV Nagarathna said – The question is how long will you keep a person in custody.
The Supreme Court said in a stern tone that seven years have passed since the anticipatory bail was granted and you want to send them (Teesta and her husband) back to custody once again. Responding to the pointed questions of the court, advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for the Gujarat government and the CBI, said that some additional material would need to be placed before the court in the case. In such a situation, the court is requested to grant us four weeks’ time.
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Aparna Bhat, appearing for Setalvad and her husband, said that the accused were granted anticipatory bail in one of the CBI’s appeal proceedings. Thereafter the chargesheet was filed. Even Setalvad has been granted regular bail.
Kapil Sibal submitted that since a regular bail has been granted, the appeal of the investigating agency against the anticipatory bail has no merit. Advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for the CBI and the Gujarat government, said that it happened in one case, but there are more than one cases against Setalvad. Along with this, he sought four weeks’ time from the court to submit additional material.
Rajat Nair said that a two-judge bench has referred the matter to a larger bench. Questions have been framed which need to be decided by this court. The bench posted the matter for hearing after four weeks. Explain that the Supreme Court is hearing a bunch of petitions filed by Teesta Setalvad, Anand, Gujarat Police and the CBI. These petitions have been filed in connection with the three FIRs lodged against the couple.