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
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.