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Committee of concerned citizens for justice in Gujarat and defence of activists

Tuesday May 24, 2011 10:22:12 AM, Special Correspondent

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Mumbai: Over 200 concerned citizens from all over the country and abroad on May 23 came forward here in Mumbai to form a committee for Justice in Gujarat and to defend what they called as the fabricated cases slapped on renowned activist Teesta Setalvad and others.


"The Committee would undertake appropriate actions and activities to see that neither Teesta Setalvad nor anybody else is victimized for working for the cause of justice", says a statement issued by the committee members.


The Committee, which is headed by Retd. Justice of Supreme Court P.B. Sawant, will have former Gujarat Chief Minister Suresh Mehta and Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer as Vice Chairpersons, and Mrs. Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib, Dr. Ram Puniyani, Juzer Bandukwala, Irfan Engineer, Sukla Sen and others as members. 


"The committee would also defend the human rights of vulnerable sections, and would include, but not be limited to, monitoring cases slapped on Teesta Setalvad, to stand in solidarity with her, to bring out detailed facts before the people pertaining to this selective victimization of Teesta Setalvad and those fighting for the cause of justice in Gujarat", the statement said.

Stating that the ultimate objective of the committee would be to allow the law and the process of justice to take its own course without being subverted or influenced by vested interests, the statement said, "The committee thus in the process will gradually bring out the truth before the people of this country though statements, meetings, engagement with the media and all available other platforms. Thus the committee seeks to address issues not only from the legal angle but also look at human rights abuses in the wider ambit of achieving equitabl social justice for all."

The decision to form the committee was taken in a meeting held in Mumbai on May 23. The extended meeting of the Committee, including other additional members is also convened later on 25th May 2011 at 5 p.m. at Bombay Union of Journalists Hall, Second Floor, Prospect Chambers Annexe, D.N. Road, Fort, Mumbai.





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