Court pulls up Teesta for ‘wasting its time’

A metropolitan court on Thursday pulled up activist Teesta Setalvad for unnecessarily intervening in proceedings and wasting its time in an ongoing case related to Zakia Jafri’s complaint that accuses Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others of complicity in post-Godhra riots.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:September 14, 2012 3:38 am

A metropolitan court on Thursday pulled up activist Teesta Setalvad for unnecessarily intervening in proceedings and wasting its time in an ongoing case related to Zakia Jafri’s complaint that accuses Chief Minister Narendra Modi and others of complicity in post-Godhra riots.

In his order,metropolitan magistrate B J Ganatra said Setalvad repeatedly filed applications for power of attorney to represent Zakia in the case despite the same being rejected in her very first attempt,thereby wasting its time.

Teesta had twice filed applications to appear in the court on behalf of Zakia who is currently in the US,by producing power of attorney signed by the latter. The SIT had strongly opposed Teesta’s move citing a Supreme Court order. It had also objected to Teesta’s plea to inspect the original closure report that lies in court’s custody to find the documents that were reportedly missing from the copy of the report handed over to Zakia by the SIT.

In the same order,the court also made it clear that the documents which are illegible and CDs which could not be opened would not be recorded as evidence. Besides,such documents and CDs will also not be considered during the court proceedings. The court has kept the next hearing for September 26.

S M Vora,who represented Zakia,said he needed at least two-three months to file a protest application on the SIT’s closure report.

Zakia’s husband and former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri was among those killed in the Gulberg Society massacre of February 28,2002.

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