It is not the first time that the Supreme Court of India has rapped the knuckles of Teesta Setalvad. This self-styled 'washing-machine of justice' for riot victims has been exposed over and over again. Some of the stinging comments of the SC in its latest rap concerning letters Setalvad has written to the Geneva-based Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) include the following (From The Daily Pioneer):
Ø “We can’t allow ourselves to be guided by any other agency. If day-to-day proceedings in this court are to be reported to that (international) organisation, it amounts to direct interference.”
Ø “(for) All those cases monitored by us, we don’t want any communication in future with OHCHR.”
Ø “This is not a plain and simple letter. It does say so many things about what is happening in courts which has no concern with the said organisation,”
Ø “Will they be keeping track of investigation when we are monitoring,” and said, “We don’t appreciate such letters sent to foreign country.”
Ø “It seems you (Teesta) have more confidence in them than us,” requiring to know “will they provide protection to witnesses, can they provide assistance to us.”
Ø “Tomorrow even our proceedings will be sent to them.” “Are they (OHCHR) their disciplinary authority”.
There is absolutely no more doubt that Teesta Setalvad has wantonly craved publicity and fame by exploiting the victims of riots. Sometime back the SIT investigating the Gujarat riots had also rapped her for fraudulent affidavits. Very recently one of her own former colleagues has turned into a witness against her. And for the second time in her life she had recently sought Anticipatory Bail!
Well, that is one individual called Teesta Setalvad clamouring for her 15 minutes of fame mocking every institution of this country and trying to internationalise national issues when those were being directly handled by the SC. But what about our media? The NDTVs and the CNN-IBNs continue to host this crook on various issues as if she is some Mother Theresa. Little does it occur to these media channels that frequently foisting this tainted person on the people of this nation is as good as justifying her acts and insulting the intelligence of viewers.
For all her misdeeds and untruths the UPA government rewarded her with a Padma Shri. Just like the Padma Shris were gifted to media crooks like Barkha and Rajdeep. It is time that the UPA seriously recognises their mistake and calls back the Padma Shri gifted to Teesta Setalvad.
Even otherwise, such national awards should be scrapped straightaway as political parties have not shown the maturity to analyse the worthiness of those who were given such awards. This does not make all the recipients unworthy. But a national honour has to be reserved for at least a life time of work which provides enough time to judge and analyse a person’s true contributions to the nation. While Barkha Dutt has been exposed as a lobbyist, Teesta Setalvad’s offences are even more serious. She has transacted with untruths, tried to defame the nation’s courts by internationalising issues being handled by them.
I now believe the CAG should be authorised to go into the funding of organisations like Citizens For Justice run by Teesta and many such organisations that receive funding from all over. Such NGOs should also be banned from collecting public funds.
A corrupt or convicted army-man is stripped of his medals and even uniform. A corrupt sportsman is stripped of his medals and titles. Why should it be any different for other civilians who have proven to be crooked and anti-national? I respect the Padma Shri award, but in case of Teesta Setalvad the Padma Shri should be called back.
She deserves an award called PADMA SH!T !