Activist Teesta Setalvad was taken into custody by the Gujarat Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad from Mumbai on Saturday, news agency ANI reported. It was not immediately clear the charges they were pursuing against her.
The move came a day after the Supreme Court questioned the role of those who had “kept the pot boiling” on the 2002 Gujarat riots – seen as an allusion to Ms Setalvad’s NGO that has worked extensively with the victims of the violence.
Ms Setlavad was a co-petitioner in the case that was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Friday that challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s exoneration. Zakia Jafri, wife of Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed in the riots, was the main petitioner.
Upholding the clearance to PM Modi, the then Chief Minister of the Gujarat, by a court-appointed Special Investigation Team or SIT, the Supreme Court said the case was “devoid of merits” and was filed “obviously, for ulterior design”.
“All those involved in such abuse of process need to be in the dock and proceeded with in accordance with law,” the judges said, surmising that the appeal was filed under “dictation of someone”.