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Page 2 of 2Setelvad has been fighting cases of Gujarat riot victims, and is backing Zakia Jafri,
wife of ex-Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, who died during the attack on Gulberg Society
in Ahmedabad. Jafri seeking court permission to file an FIR against chief minister
Narendra Modi for inciting rioting, in which her husband was hacked to death.
At the meet, several speakers said, two former employees of Citizens for Peace
and Justice (CJP), who filed cases against Setalvad, should be face "social boycott",
amidst a strong approving applause from the 1,000 strong crowd.
Among those who spoke included former BJP chief minister Sureshbhai Mehta, who called for caution instead of getting swayed by emotion in the fight for communal peace, former DGP RB Sreekumar, Jesuit human rights activist Cedric Prakash, social activist Sofia Khan, and a survivor of the Gulberg massacre, Sairabehn Sandhi. Sandhi, who had lost several of her relatives in the Gulberg Society massacre, said there was "no truth" in the allegations against Setelvad, levelled by the ex-employees, who were allegedly "bribed" to go against the top activist.
In a statement from Mumbai, Setelvad said, “The cost of the struggle for dignity, justice and reparation, personal and material, is high. Twelve years down our success rate is 117 life imprisonments in major 2002 carnage cases, monitored by the Supreme Court where witness protection is still being given.”
She underlined, “In all cases (except the Bilqees Bano case in which 12 were convicted) CJP's team has been directly involved working with survivor eye witnesses, getting threatened and maligned. To top it all is the Zakia Jafri vs Narendra Modi and Others case, now pending hearing in appeal in the Gujarat High Court.”
Setelvad recently got anticipatory bail from the Gujarat high court against her arrest in the misappropriation case.