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HC rejects Setalvad’s plea on quashing FIR in exhumation case

Setalvad had claimed that she was in regular touch with the investigating officer and was not absconding.

The Gujarat High court today rejected the application of social activist Teesta Setalvad,seeking quashing of the FIR against her in the 2006 Pandarwada case,where bodies of post-Godhra riot victims were exhumed four years after they were buried.

Justice G B Shah hearing the case,however,granted some relief to Setalvad by quashing the summons issued by the investigating officer asking her to appear before him on May 31 for questioning.

Setalvad had approached the High Court early this month seeking quashing of the FIR against her registered in the Panchmahal district in connection with the exhumation of bodies of post-Godhra riot victims from Pandarwada and surrounding villages in Khanpur taluka from a graveyard near river Panam there.

She had also asked that the summons for May 31,issued to her be quashed as it was based on a charge sheet filed in the case where she has been shown as an ‘absconding accused’.

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Setalvad had claimed that she was in regular touch with the investigating officer and was not absconding,and had sought correction in the chargesheet also.

Justice Shah rejected Setalvad’s plea for quashing of the FIR after her counsel Kamini Jaiswal did not press for it. The court however,quashed the summons issued to her for May 31.

First published on: 27-05-2011 at 04:11:58 pm
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