BHOPAL: Narottam Mishra, the home minister for Madhya Pradesh, urged on Tuesday that Teesta Setalvad's "Padma Shri" award be revoked. Setalvad was recently arrested by the Gujarat police in connection with a case of forging evidence to frame innocent people in relation to the 2002 Gujarat riots.
The Padma Shri award, one of the highest civilian honours in the nation, was given to Setalvad by the Centre in 2007 in recognition of his contributions to various fields.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Mishra said that the award for Setalvad was given by the previous Congress government to placate minorities. She belonged to the "award vapsi" group (those threatening to return awards).
The award should be taken back from people like Teesta Javed Setalvad, in the wake of the Supreme Court's remarks against such people, whose conduct becomes questionable and have been arrested,'' said the minister.
In connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots, a court in Ahmedabad on Sunday ordered Setalvad to remain in police detention until July 2. Setalvad is accused of creating evidence to frame innocent people. The Supreme Court dismissed a petition on Friday that questioned the SIT's decision to exonerate former Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and others in cases involving the 2002 post-Godhra riots.