Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sardarpura massacre case: Court orders criminal complaint against Teesta’s ex- aide

Express news service
Ahmedabad: Mehsana session judge S C Srivastava has ordered to book a criminal complaint against Rais Khan Pathan, a former aide of Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad, on charges of “misdirecting the court and creating hurdle in the smooth proceedings of the Sardarpura mass massacre case with an intention to secure his malafide intentions”.
The order was issued by the court on November 9 on an application filed by Pathan, seeking that he should be made a court/prosecution witness in the Sardarpura case. In his application, he levelled allegations that affidavits filed by the witnesses in the case were tampered by Setalvad.
However, after going through the entire case, the court said Pathan had “knowingly tried to furnish false information to the court with a view to causing injury or annoyance to any person and by this way he tried to interrupt the court proceedings and create hurdles in the smooth proceedings”.
The court further said “this is a case of a deliberate falsehood with a view to achieving some hidden objectives. Prima facie, an offence against public justice is committed by the applicant”.
Pathan had worked as a field coordinator with Teesta’s Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP) since February, 2002. However, he fell out with Teesta in January, 2008 due to certain reasons. After that, he filed an application in several cases accusing Teesta of tampering with affidavits of riot witnesses and it led to the registration of a criminal case against Teesta in Pandarvada mass grave exhumation case.


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