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Disha Ravi case: Delhi court allows climate activist to speak to her mother, lawyer, grants access to arrest, remand copy

Climate activist Disha Raviwas arrested from by Delhi police in charge of sedition for formulation and dissemination of a toolkit to aid protesting farmers which was shared by Enviornmentalist Greta Thunberg.

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A Delhi court on Tuesday has allowed the application of climate activist Disha Ravi to speak to her mother for 15 minutes while it also allowed her application for providing warm clothes, home cooked food and books. 

The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Patiala House Court, Delhi, has also allowed the application of 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi to access the copy of Chargesheet, arrest memo, grounds of arrest and remand application. 

The Court also allowed her application to meet lawyer for 30 minutes. She was arrested from Banglore on 13th February, 2021, by Delhi police and charged with sedition for ‘formulation and dissemination’ of a toolkit to aid protesting farmers which was shared by Enviornmentalist Greta Thunberg. 

On 14th February, 2021, Disha was produced before the Court of CMM, in the FIR No 49/2021, registered against her. The Court sent her to five-days police custody remand which is going to be end on 19th February, 2021. 

In its PC remand application the Delhi Police had submitted, “for proper investigation her detailed interrogation is required to get information by the Pro Khalistani Group Poetic Justice Foundation and their active members are to be identified.” 

Earlier today, Delhi Commission for Women has taken Suo-Motu cognizance on media reports of arrest of Disha Ravi by Delhi Police. The Commission has sent a notice to Delhi Police. 

In its notice DCW said, according to media reports Disha Ravi was arrested from Bengaluru allegedly for supporting farmer’s protests. It has been alleged in the media by some activists that she was taken to Delhi from Bengaluru with no disclosure of her whereabouts, not even to her parents. She was brought to Delhi without presenting her before a local court for transit remand. It has been further alleged in media reports that she was produced before the Court in Delhi without lawyer of her choice being present in the Court. 

The DCW has said, this is a very serious matter, citing Delhi Court order wherein Court had stated, “Every endeavour should be made to obtain transit remand after producing the arrestee before the nearest magistrate…unless exigencies of the situation warrants otherwise.” 

The Women Commission further stated, that as per Article 22(1) of the Constitution of India says that every person arrested has the right to be defended by a “legal practitioner of his choice”. 

The DCW has requested Delhi Police to provide; 

1- Copy of the FIR

2- Reasons for allegedly not producing the arrested girl before the local court for transit remand. 

3- Reasons for allegedly not providing the lawyer of her choice to the girl when she was produced before the court in Delhi. 

4- Detailed action taken report in the matter.

The Commission has directed to submit the relevant information to it latest by 19th February, 2021. 

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