Gujarat High Court judge Justice Samir Dave today recused from hearing the bail application filed by rights' activist Teesta Setalvad, booked by the State Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) for allegedly fabricating the documents related to the 2002 Godhara Riots, so as to implicate higher government functionaries in the case..When the matter was called out for hearing, Senior Advocates SM Vatsa and Mihir Desai appeared for Setalvad and were about to commence submissions but Justice Dave interjected saying, "Not before me."The bail application would now be placed before the Chief Justice, who would assign it to some other bench..Setalvad's arrest came a day after a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court had made adverse remarks against her on June 24 while dismissing the plea by Zakia Jafri, wife of slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 Gujarat Riots. She (Jafri) had challenged the Gujarat High Court’s decision of 2017 upholding the magistrate's decision to accept the closure report filed by the SIT in the case.While dismissing the plea, the top court had made certain observations against Setalvad and former DGP Sreekumar, terming them "disgruntled".The Court said that there was a coalesced effort by them to create a sensation by making revelations that were false to their own knowledge.Subsequently, Setalvad was arrested by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad from Mumbai and taken to Gujarat. Sreekumar was also arrested from Gujarat.On July 30, an Ahmedabad sessions court refused to grant bail to Setalvad, noting that she and other accused appeared to have aimed to “destabilise” the Gujarat government and defame the State for ulterior motives..Teesta had then petitioned the Gujarat High Court, which on August 2 issued notice to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to respond to her plea and adjourned the hearing till September 19.Aggrieved with this time gap, she the moved the Supreme Court, which granted her interim bail on September 2. The present plea, which came up before Justice Dave was for regular bail.