Yesterday, the Apex Court rejected the petition filed by Teesta Setalvad seeking bail in the case registered by Gujarat ATS alleging falsification of records to implicate high state functionaries in the Gujarat riots conspiracy case.
The bench headed by Justices UU Lalit, Ravindra Bhat, and Sudhanshu Dhulia adjourned the matter to next Tuesday.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who is appearing for the State of Gujarat seeks time to make corrections to the petition. During a hearing, Tushar Mehta has informed that he needs some more time to form a response
“The point is, the person is behind the bars. You can file it and give a copy at 2 pm today”, the bench suggested. At this point, the SG reminded the Court that there’s nothing special in this case.
“Nothing special in this case but the petitioner has been in custody for 4 days”, the Bench added.
“In accordance with law”, SG Mehta was quick to state.
“For a serious offence. Other legal remedies have not been exhausted….”, he further submitted.
Justice Lalit said, “We are also testing it, whether incarceration is required or not.”
In a while, the Bench informed that hearing the case on Monday may not be possible.
“One difficulty we have is, on miscellaneous days, we have decided to have as many courts as possible. Other days it may not be possible.”
Accordingly, the court ordered
“Matter mentioned by SG Tushar Mehta, appearing for the State of Gujarat. He submits that the response to the petition is ready but needs corrections. He assures that response shall be filed on or before Saturday. Rejoinder, if any, be filed on Monday. Matter to be taken up on Tuesday.”