CBI raid on Teesta Setalvad's premises shocking misuse of govt machinery: CPI(M)

CPI(M) on Wednesday said CBI's raid on Teesta Setalvad's premises was the 'most shocking instance of misuse' of government machinery.

hidden July 15, 2015 18:36:07 IST
CBI raid on Teesta Setalvad's premises shocking misuse of govt machinery: CPI(M)

New Delhi: CPI(M) on Wednesday said CBI's raid on Teesta Setalvad's premises was the "most shocking instance of misuse" of government machinery and was in stark contrast to the way the government was protecting accused in Vyapam and other scams involving BJP.

CBI raid on Teesta Setalvads premises shocking misuse of govt machinery CPIM

Teesta Setalvad. AFP

CPI(M), intellectuals and artists on Wednesday came out in support of the social activist and sought an end to her "harassment" through central agencies.

They alleged that the CBI case against Setalvad was "misuse" of power to "silence" the activist for her "relentless" pursuit of justice in cases connected with 2002 Gujarat "genocide".

The outfits maintained that the CBI action was a signal to silence others against "exposing" role of top leaders in the Government.

They also questioned timing of the raid, which took place on the eve of important hearings in two Gujarat-related cases (Naroda Patiya appeals are being heard in Gujarat High Court starting today, while that in Zakia Jafri case is scheduled on July 27).

"Institution of a CBI case against her and subsequent raid by over 16 CBI personnel at her residence throughout the day is a misuse of power to intimidate and silence her because of her relentless pursuit of justice in cases connected with the Gujarat genocide.

"It is also a signal to silence others against exposing the role of top leaders of the government. It is no coincidence that these actions are on the eve of important hearings in at least two of the Gujarat-related cases," CPI (M) said in a statement.

The party alleged that the way government agencies are conducting themselves in Teesta's case are in stark and shameful contrast to the way Government is protecting accused in Vyapam and other cases involving top ruling party leaders.

The Government should put an end to this harassment of Setalvad, it demanded.

The civil society members added that since Setalvad and her colleagues are "fully willing" to co-operate with CBI in its inquiry, the conclusion is inescapable that the agency's action is part of a campaign to "humiliate" and "persecute" them.

"It cannot escape notice that persecution of Setalvad is accompanied by a deliberate weakening of the prosecution cases or overnight withdrawals of cases against those who have been accused of heinous crimes," the members said in a joint statement.

They added it is time for all supporters of civil liberty and rule of law to stand up for Setalvad and her colleagues and condemn "without reservation" the conduct of Narendra Modi Government.

"We express solidarity with Teesta Setalvad and her colleagues," they added.

The statement was released by NGO Sahmat on behalf of academicians, intellectuals, artists and those related to film making including Irfan Habib, Romila Thapar, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Prabhat Patnaik, Arjun Dev, Vivan Sundaram, Arpana Caur, Kumar Shahani, Saeed Mirza, MK Raina and others.

CBI on Tuesday carried out searches at premises of social activist Setalvad and her organisation in connection with a case of alleged violation of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act in receiving funds from abroad without taking prior permission from the home ministry.

PTI

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