A day after the Supreme Court upheld the SIT’s clean report to then Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 Gujarat riots, the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested activist Teesta Setalvad and former IPS officer RB Sreekumar in relation to an FIR filed in Ahmedabad against them for alleged criminal conspiracy, falsification and presentation of false evidence in court to frame innocent people in the case of 2002 Gujarat riots.
Former IPS officer RB Sreekumar was placed in police custody until July 1. Gujarat police arrested them for allegedly fabricating evidence, committing forgery and criminal conspiracy. Setalvad and Sreekumar will appear in court in Ahmedabad on July 2.
Setalvad and Sreekumar’s arrest came a day after the Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging the SIT’s clean note before Gujarat’s then-Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots case.
The FIR naming Setalvad, Sreekumar and the others was searched by the Ahmedabad criminal branch. Sreekumar has been arrested by the Ahmedabad criminal branch for providing false information about the Gujarat riots.
According to the FIR, Bhatt, Setalvad and Sreekumar had conspired to abuse the legal process by fabricating false evidence and instituting false and malicious criminal proceedings against innocent people.
Activist Setalvad and RB Sreekumar have been booked under sections 468 (forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (using a forged document as genuine), 191 (giving or fabricating false evidence with the intent to secure a capital offense conviction) 211, 218 and 120B (conspiracy penalty) of the IPC.
The FIR states that the Supreme Court order “clearly establishes that Sanjiv Bhatt, R B Sreekumar, Teesta Setalvad and others had conspired to abuse the legal process by fabricating false evidence to convict multiple individuals of a capital offence, thus committing an offence punishable under article 194 of the IPC.
Furthermore, it has been established in the course of the investigation by SIT that Sanjiv Bhatt, R B Sreekumar, Teesta and others had initiated false and malicious criminal proceedings against innocent persons with the intent to cause harm, an act punishable under Section 211 of the CIP. Sanjiv Bhatt and R B Sreekumar who at the time of their acts of commission and omission were public servants…and had framed improper records with the intent to cause injury to multiple persons, for which they are guilty under IPC Section 218.
Sanjiv Bhatt, R B Sreekumar, Teesta Setalvad and others had conspired and prepared false records and had dishonestly used those records as genuine with the intention of causing harm and damage to various persons, thereby committing an offence, inter alia, punishable under of Sections 468 and 471 of the IPC”.
Who is RB Sreekumar
R. B. Sreekumar is a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and former Additional Director General of Gujarat State Police. He is the grandson of Balaramapuram freedom fighter, writer and journalist G Raman Pillai.
Sreekumar was born on February 12, 1947, in Ooruttambalam of Kerala, a suburban region located in the Trivandrum district. He has a postgraduate degree in literature, law, history and Gandhi philosophy. He briefly worked as a college professor before joining the Gujarat police force.
In particular, in 1994, Sreekumar was deputy director of the Subsidiary Intelligence Bureau (SIB) in Thiruvananthapuram, when former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan was framed in the ISRO espionage scandal. R.B. Sreekumar is a former Gujarat state police chief. An officer of the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1971, Sreekumar joined the Gujarat Police Force in 1972 and continued until his retirement in 2007 as Additional Director General of Police.
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