In a huge relief for activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand , the Bombay high court has granted anticipatory bail to activist Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand. In the event of their arrest, they should be released on a bail of Rs 20,000 each and sureties of the same amount said Justice Mridula Bhatkar. The HC rejected CBI’s plea for custodial interogation. The court has asked the couple to attend the CBI office for investigation purposes whenever called and inform it when they leave Mumbai.
The court also sent a mesaage about tolerating dissent. “A dissenting view may be against the policy of the government but it need not be against the sovereignty of the nation,” said Justice Bhatkar adding that it was the government’s duty to protect dissenting views. The HC did not agree that the case revealed a threat to national security though it said that prima facie there may be a violation of the law.