Former DGP RB Sreekumar granted interim bail: Gujrat High Court
The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday granted interim bail to former Director General of Police of Gujarat, RB Sreekumar who was arrested by the Gujarat Police accusing him fabricating evidence and making false statements to frame high-ranking officials including then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Godhra riots cases. A single bench of Justice Ilesh J Vora granted interim bail till November 15. Raman Pillai Bhaskaren Nair Shreekumar (R.B.Sreekumar) v State Of Gujarat].
FACTS OF THE CASE-
Zakia Jafri, the widow of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who was killed in the 2002 Gujarat Riots, filed a petition in the Supreme Court on June 24. That same day, the three-judge bench made comments against Sreekumar that led to his detention.
Jafri has appealed the 2017 Gujarat High Court ruling that upheld the magistrate’s acceptance of the SIT’s closing report. In its dismissal of the appeal, the Supreme Court issued some critical remarks about Sreekumar, another IPS officer named Sanjiv Bhatt, and activist Teesta Setalvad.
The Court labelled them “disgruntled,” and it was determined that they were working together to make false claims in an attempt to cause a stir.
Setalvad was detained in Mumbai and sent to Gujarat by the Anti-Terrorism Squad there. Also taken into custody in Gujarat was Sreekumar.
Sreekumar has been charged with violations of Indian Penal Code Sections 194 (giving or fabricating false evidence), 211 (false charge of offence), 218 (public servant framing incorrect record), 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using forged document as genuine), and 120B (criminal conspiracy) (IPC).
On Wednesday, the Gujarat High Court granted interim bail to RB Sreekumar, the former Director General of Police of Gujarat. He had been arrested by the Gujarat Police, who accuse him of fabricating evidence and making false statements to frame high-ranking officials, including the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, in the 2002 Godhra riots cases.
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