The BJP on Saturday quoted the Supreme Court’s critical remarks against activist Teesta Setalvad as claiming that Congress and its leader Sonia Gandhi were the “driving force” behind the activist’s campaign against then Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the 2002 Gujarat riots. .
The BJP launched a scathing attack on Ms Setalvad after she was detained by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Mumbai and taken to Ahmedabad in connection with a First Information Report, or FIR, filed against her with the Crime Department of Ahmedabad.
BJP spokesman Sambit Patra told reporters that the Supreme Court Ms. Setalvad, as she butchered those responsible for “cooking” their ulterior motives over the riots.
The court said all those involved in the abuse of the process should be punished, Patra said.
In its injunction on Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging a report by the SIT investigating cases after Godhra riots in 2002, which found no evidence against Prime Minister Modi when he was the prime minister.
The NGO of Mrs. Setalvad had supported Zakia Jafri, who had filed the petition alleging a larger conspiracy behind the riots, during her legal battle. The husband of Ms Jafri and former MP Ehsan Jafri has been killed in the riots.
The Supreme Court had ruled against devious strategies of keeping the “pot on the boil” for ulterior motives. It said disgruntled officials of the Gujarat government should be punished by law for creating sensationalism by making false claims.
Mr Patra cited documents to say that Ms Setalvad and her NGOs are said to be behind in producing some horrifying details, later proven to be inaccurate, about what happened to some of the victims of the riot.
Ms Setalvad has also been accused of embezzling money collected for the victims of the uprisings and using them for personal expenses, he said.
The BJP spokesperson said that the Congress-led government of the United Progressive Alliance, specifically the Ministry of Education, has given Rs 1.4 crore to a non-profit organization run by Ms Setalvad, and that this money was used to campaign against Prime Minister Modi and also ” ” India.
“She was not alone. Who was the driving force? Sonia Gandhi and the Congress Party,” Patra said.