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The Superintendent of Tihar Jail in a status report filed before the Delhi High Court has stated that the authorities have agreed to allow Pinjra Tod Activist Natasha Narwal for Video Conference meeting facility with her counsel and family members and also the books of her choice.

A single bench headed by Justice C Hari Shankar was hearing a plea filed by Pinjra Tod Activist Natasha Narwal seeking Video Conferencing facility to have a conversation with her Counsel and family members.

According to the status report the following has been decided:

  • The petitioner will have access to headphones during video conferencing to ensure compliance of Delhi Prison Rules;
  • Access to screen sharing facility through Webex app;
  • Access to books of the choice of the petitioner subject to Delhi Prison Rules;
  • Telephonic calls facility to be provided to the petitioner; and
  • 30 minutes videoconferencing facility to be provided to the petitioner

In the previous hearing Advocate Adit Pujari appearing for the petitioner had urged the bench to ensure compliance of Rule 627 of the Delhi Prison Rules so as to ensure that the prison authorities are not able to hear the conversation between the petitioner and her Counsel.

On May 26, Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Pinjra Tod activist Natasha Narwal & booked her under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for alleged conspiracy in the northeast Delhi riots in February.

Narwal, along with another JNU student Devangana Kalita were sent to 14-day judicial custody on May 25 in another case related to the communal violence being investigated by the Crime branch.

-India Legal Bureau

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