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HC restrains Delhi Police from issuing statement on Pinjra Tod activist’s case

Written by Pritam Pal Singh
| New Delhi |

Up to date: July 28, 2020 3:27:46 am


Justice Bakhru handed the order on Devangana Kalita’s petition, looking for instructions to the Delhi Police to not leak allegations about her to the media whereas investigation was pending. (File picture)

The Delhi Excessive Courtroom Monday restrained the Delhi Police from issuing any communication associated to Pinjra Tod activist Devangana Kalita in reference to the Northeast Delhi riots case till the fees, if any, are framed and the trial commences.

As per the petition, Kalita is accused in 4 FIRs, together with one for allegedly taking part in protests at Darya Ganj on December 20 final yr and two for her alleged function within the anti-CAA Jafrabad sit-in protest in February.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru’s order learn: “The circumstances regarding communal riots are undoubtedly delicate circumstances. This courtroom can also be knowledgeable that FIRs filed in such circumstances usually are not being publicly disclosed. Within the circumstances, this courtroom considers it apposite to direct the respondent to not subject any additional communication naming any accused or any witness until the fees, if any, are framed and the trial is commenced.”

Justice Bakhru handed the order on Kalita’s petition, looking for instructions to the Delhi Police to not leak allegations about her to the media whereas investigation was pending. The courtroom had on June 10 restrained Delhi Police from “issuing any statements or circulating data relating to allegations and proof allegedly collected” towards Kalita to any particular person, together with the media or on social media.

She had in her plea additionally sought instructions to the police to “forthwith withdraw all allegations” contained in a June 2 “temporary observe” circulated to the media.

Justice Bakhru, noticed, “… this courtroom is unable to simply accept that the mentioned police communication violates the elemental rights of the petitioner (Kalita) or provisions of any regulation. The query whether or not the respondent (Delhi Police) is finally in a position to set up their allegations past any cheap doubt is a matter for the trial courtroom to contemplate after a due trial.”

It additional noticed that “the petitioner had additionally prayed that respondent be kept away from issuing any additional statements until the pendency of the trial”.

“Mr Lekhi (ASG Aman Lekhi) had submitted that the response of the police has been measured and, due to this fact, they’ve solely issued one observe in respect of this case, and this might additionally set up that they aren’t working a marketing campaign to malign the petitioner. The impugned observe has been justified as having been issued on the time of submitting of the chargesheet. Thus, in regular course, there can be no necessity of issuing any additional communication until the ultimate end result of the case,” it noticed.

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