The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked sharp questions to the CBI and the Gujarat government. The Supreme Court questioned why the CBI and the Gujarat government wanted to send social activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand back to jail after being on anticipatory bail for over seven years. A bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Justice Abhay S Oka and Justice BV Nagaratna said – The question is how long will you keep a person in custody. Seven years have passed since the anticipatory bail was granted. You want to send her (Teesta) back to custody.
Advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for the Gujarat government and the CBI, said that some additional material would need to be placed before the court in connection with the case, so they be given four weeks time. On the other hand, senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocate Aparna Bhat, appearing for Setalvad and her husband, said that anticipatory bail was granted in one of the proceedings related to the CBI’s appeal. Thereafter the charge sheet was filed. Setalvad was also granted regular bail.
Kapil Sibal submitted that since a regular bail has been granted, the appeal of the investigating agency against the anticipatory bail has no merit. Advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for the CBI and the Gujarat government, said that it happened in one case, but there are more than one cases against Setalvad. Along with this, he sought four weeks’ time from the court to submit additional material.
Rajat Nair said that a two-judge bench has referred the matter to a larger bench. Questions have been framed which need to be decided by this Court. The bench posted the matter for hearing after four weeks. Explain that the Supreme Court is hearing a bunch of petitions filed by Teesta Setalvad, Anand, Gujarat Police and the CBI. These petitions have been filed in connection with the three FIRs lodged against the couple.