Gujarat High Court judge Justice Samir Dave Thursday recused himself from hearing the plea filed by rights' activist Teesta Setalvad seeking to quash the the case lodged against her by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for alleged evidence fabrication in relation to the 2002 Godhra riots [Teesta Atul Setalvad vs State of Gujarat]..The plea was listed as item number 96 before Justice Dave on the daily hearing board. The advocate representing Teesta mentioned the plea but Justice Dave chose to recuse."Not before me. Place it before Chief Justice for assigning it to some other bench," he said. .Setlavad was arrested a day after a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court made adverse remarks against her on June 24, 2022 while dismissing the plea by Zakia Jafri, wife of slain Congress Member of Parliament (MP), Ehsan Jafri who was killed during the 2002 Gujarat Riots.She was charged with conspiracy and fabricating evidence to implicate higher functionaries of the then Gujarat government in the 2002 riots cases.Later in September 2022, the Supreme Court granted her interim bail in the case. She was asked to approach the Gujarat High Court for regular bail.By a detailed order on July 1, a single-judge bench of Justice Nirzar Desai of the Gujarat High Court, denied her regular bail observing that enlarging her on bail would deepen the communal polarisation in the State.Subsequently, she moved the Supreme Court for bail.On July 19, the apex court granted her regular bail observing that the findings of the Gujarat High Court denying her bail were 'perverse.'A day later, a sessions court in Ahmedabad rejected her application seeking discharge from the case.