Unwarranted: MEA responds to UN’s condemnation of Teesta Setalvad’s arrest

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday described as “unwarranted” a remark by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights condemning the current arrest of activist Teesta Setalvad and “two other persons”. 

“The remarks are completely unwarranted and constitute an interference in India’s independent judicial system,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi stated. “Authorities in India act against violations of law strictly in accordance with established judicial processes. Labeling such legal actions as persecution for activism is misleading and unacceptable.”

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Earlier this week, the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has voiced concern over the arrest and detention of social activist Setalvad and known as for her instant launch.

“#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 workplace stated in a tweet on Tuesday.

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A day after the Supreme Court upheld the clear chit by the SIT to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi within the 2002 Gujarat riots, the Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) arrested retired state DGP R B Sreekumar, whose position had been known as into query by the Court, and Mumbai-based activist Setalvad, who backed the petitioner, Zakia Jafri.


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