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UN Human Rights office’s remarks on Setalvad’s arrest completely unwarranted, misleading: MEA

On Tuesday, the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern over the arrest and detention of social activist Setalvad and called for her immediate release.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
Updated: June 29, 2022 9:44:04 pm
Activist Teesta Setalvad detained in Mumbai. (Express file photo)

Describing the remarks by the UN Human Rights office over the arrest of social activist Teesta Setalvad as “completely unwarranted”, the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said these comments “constitute an interference” in the country’s independent judicial system.

On Tuesday, the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern over the arrest and detention of social activist Setalvad and called for her immediate release. “#India: We are very concerned by the arrest and detention of #WHRD @TeestaSetalvad and two ex-police officers and call for their immediate release. They must not be persecuted for their activism and solidarity with the victims of the 2002 #GujaratRiots,” the UN Human Rights office had said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Responding to media queries on the remarks, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, on Wednesday, said, “We have seen a comment by OHCHR regarding legal action against Teesta Setalvad and two other persons.” “The remarks by OHCHR are completely unwarranted and constitute an interference in India’s independent judicial system,” he said.

Authorities in India act against violations of law strictly in accordance with established judicial processes, Bagchi said. “Labelling such legal actions as persecution for activism is misleading and unacceptable,” he said.

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A court in Ahmedabad on Sunday remanded Setalvad and former state director general of police RB Sreekumar in police custody till July 2 in a case of allegedly fabricating evidence to frame innocent persons in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots.

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First published on: 29-06-2022 at 02:14:27 pm
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