Activist Teesta Setalvad outside Sabarmati Central Jail. (File Photo)

By Sohini Ghosh / Indian Express

The Gujarat Special Investigation Team, probing allegations of fabrication of evidence linked to the 2002 riots, has filed a chargesheet against activist Teesta Setalvad, retired DGP R B Sreekumar and former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, accusing them of collusion to try and implicate Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister, and top officials in crimes punishable with death.

The chargesheet, it is learnt, accuses Setalvad of filing petitions and applications in the name of Zakia Jafri, wife of the slain former Congress MP Ahsan Jafri, for political and personal gains and with the intention of involving the then Chief Minister in the larger conspiracy behind the February 27, 2002 train burning incident in Godhra and the riots that followed.

DIG Deepan Bhadran, who heads the SIT and is part of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), confirmed to The Indian Express that the chargesheet was filed Tuesday in the court of the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate.

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