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January 06, 2014
 

Public Statement

 

A deliberate campaign to vilify the efforts to procure justice
for the Victims of the carnage of 2002 that has been sustained
and supported by vested powerful interests in Gujarat and the
opposition party at the national level has reached new heights
over past weeks. Malafide attempts to embroil us in more false
cases before the Gujarat police (that can be then manipulated to
intimidate our efforts) have compelled us to issue this
Communication to the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime)
Ahmedabad, Gujarat Police. The detailed communication is
self-explanatory. We urge that you circulate this among all
peace-loving persons supportive of the struggle for justice
against the powerful perpetrators of 2002.

Attached are also letters written by the official members of the
Gulberg Society to the Media and the Police.
 

March 13, 2013

To

Shri A.K. Sharma,

Joint Commissioner of Police

Crime Branch,

Ahmedabad

Dear Sir,

We the undersigned Trustees and office bearers of the Citizens
for Justice and Peace and Sabrang Trust need to bring some
distressing and disturbing facts to your notice. We have been
given to understand that some persons claiming to be official
representatives of the Gulberg society have written to you
making false and malafide allegations against our organisation
that has been assisting Survivors of the Gujarat genocide of
2002 to access justice. CJP has been assisting dozens of
survivors of the Gujarat 2002 carnage and have been
co-petitioners in the Smt Zakia Jafri case against chief
minister Narendra Modi and 61 others [protest petition to be
filed by April 15, 2013].

Official representatives of the Gulberg society we are informed
have already written to you today stating that the letter-head
of the society has been forged by some residents and the claims
being made by them are patently false since nothing has been
parted from them.

The false claims that CJP has raised Rs 63 lakhs and Sabrang
Trust has raised Rs 88 lakhs for the purpose of the construction
of the museum, nationally and internationally is a total lie. To
clarify, CJP has never sought nor received any money for this
purpose. Till November 2012, Sabrang Trust had received a total
donation in of Rs. 4,10,285 from donors within India and Rs
50,000 from one individual overseas for the proposed dream
museum. This is a matter between our donors and the Trust which
we will address when a final decision on the issue is made. All
other funds, nationally and internationally raised, have been
funds legitimately collected for activities that we publicly
engage in. Our accounts are audited and submitted to the
relevant authorities.

We would like to state clearly that at no point have any of the
organisations that we are connected to claimed any amount or
money or land from any person residing at or claiming to be part
of Gulberg society. Survivors of the carnage and we did have
dreams of a Gulberg Memorial commemorating the state sponsored
carnage. This idea that emerged in 2007 had finally to be
abandoned when prices for real estate spiralled and we thus
informed the society of these difficulties. A formal resolution
of the society was passed after this was conveyed to them,
leaving the members free to sell off their properties as per
law. In no way have either CJP or Sabrang in any way cheated
them or let down the society.

We believe that with the date of the filing of Smt. Zakia
Jafri’s ‘Protest Petition’ draws near, this charade is being
orchestrated by a nexus of vested interests to create a
diversion and to malign CJP and Sabrang Trust. The cases being
handled by us involve the most powerful in the state and relate
to public justice and it appears that some vested interests have
colluded to make false allegations and distract us from the
onerous and dangerous task at hand..

We would like to state that this appears to be part of a
sinister campaign being unleashed against us by some persons
being manipulated by a former employee Rais Khan Pathan who is
using some residents of the society (not official members) and
sections of the police and some persons claiming to be official
members of the society.

We would like to state categorically that both CJP and Sabrang
officially receive money for legitimate activities and following
the legally required procedures. By unleashing this set of
manipulated lies and using sections of the police towards this
end, the dubious nexus of these persons with a former employee
and the powerful in the state of Gujarat are trying to de-rail
the proposed protest petition. Khan tried to petition the FCRA
department (see attached documents) in January 2013 and this was
followed by an official representative of the Bharatiya Janata
Party(BJP) Gujarat in February 2013. Hence the nexus that we are
alleging is based on developments that have been in the public
domain and have been clearly aimed at derailing the Smt Zakia
Jafri Protest Petition against Narendra Modi and others. (Please
refer

http://dailypioneer.com/nation/120144-rais-khan-alleges-fcra-violation-by-teesta-cjp.html
 

Rais Khan alleges FCRA violation by Teesta, CJP

Friday, 04 January 2013 22:26

followed by

http://www.indianexpress.com/assembly-elections/news/bjp-mp-seeks-action-against-setalvad/1068267/0
BJP MP seeks action against Setalvad.

In the eleven-long years of the battle for justice, the
allegations have remained the same those who made them have
changed. In 2004 it was Zahira Shaikh a star witness in the Best
Bakery Case. Our organisation and its role has been repeatedly
exonerated and recognised for assisting the legal struggle of
poor witnesses. In 2010 it was a former employee of our
organisation, Rais Khan Pathan. In 2011 Yasmeen Shaikh another
witness was egged on by the former employee, Rais Khan. Each
time we at CJP have sought impartial judicial exoneration. Sir,
please do take a few moments to go through the sustained and
malicious campaigns that is enlisted in the accompanying note

“Background Facts” (Annexure I).
It is clear that he is being propped up by the powerful in the
state.
 

This illustrates how even the current spate of similar
allegations sought to be made through some residents of the
Gulberg society, are in actuality being manipulated by Rais Khan
who is being propped up by powerful persons including
influential lawyers representing the ruling party who are
supporting him.The HonÂ’ble Supreme Court has already stayed two
such malicious complaints in which even sections of the Gujarat
police have played a role siding openly with Shri Khan. The
matters are pending final hearing.

 

Sir we therefore urge that the Crime Branch of the Gujarat
Police looks at the complete background and nexus when it deals
with the current set of false allegations. We would like to
reiterate that our organisation (s) function lawfully and urge
that this malafide complaint is not made a manipulative tool by
the Crime Branch. Any genuine investigations or inquiries our
Trustees would gladly respond to.

 

Thanking You,

Yours Sincerely

 

IM Kadri                                                                      
Raghunandan Maluste

(President, CJP)                                                             
(Vice President, CJP)

 

 

Teesta Setalvad                                                                     
Nakul Mehta

(Secretary, CJP & Trustee Sabrang Trust)
                           (Trustee Sabrang Trust)

 




 130304 False and Forged letter Gulberg (to media official
society  letter)




130313 Annexure I to Public Statement




130313 Gulberg Society (official) letter to Jt. CP

 

 


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