Expressing their “solidarity” with Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand, several Opposition leaders on Thursday asked the Narendra Modi government “to end its vindictive policies”.
In a joint statement, they said the couple “are being subjected to the worst kind of harassment by the Modi government.” The signatories included Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav, Congress treasurer Motilal Vora, JD(U) secretary-general K C Tyagi, CPI(M) leader Hannan Mollah and NCP general secretary D P Tripathi.
“The way in which the CBI has been used to raid their residence even after she had informed the court and the CBI that she was willing to produce any documents that they wanted smacks of double standards that are being applied by the government,” said the statement.
The opposition leaders said it was “not a coincidence” that the raid took place just a day before the appeal of Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi in the Naroda Patiya case was to be heard in the Gujarat High Court, and a week before the Zakiya Jafri case was scheduled to come up before the Supreme Court.
They pointed out that Setalvad was set to appear in both the cases. The opposition leaders said it was clear that the Modi government was “determined to silence voices of dissent like that of Setalvad who was working courageously to expose the criminal involvement of BJP leaders” in the 2002 Gujarat riots.