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UN Human Rights: Setalvad’s Arrest Were Totally Unjustified & Deceptive

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Shivani Thakur

Published on: June 30, 2022, at 20:51 IST

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

Concerned by the arrest and detention of social activist Setalvad, the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) demanded her immediate release.

“#India: We demand the immediate release of the three people who were arrested and detained: #WHRD @TeestaSetalvad, two ex-police officers. Their activity and support for the victims of the 2002 #GujaratRiots cannot be punished, the UN Human Rights office stated in a tweet.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi 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,” 

Authorities in India act against violations of law strictly in accordance with established judicial processes, Bagchi said.

A Court in Ahmedabad ordered Setalvad and former State Director General of Police RB Sreekumar to remain in police detention till July 2 in connection with an allegation that they had fabricated evidence to frame people for the Gujarat riots of 2002.