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The Delhi High Court has sought status report on a plea by Natasha Narwal lodged in Tihar Jail seeking video conferencing facility with his lawyer.

A Single judge bench presided by Justice C Hari Shankar was hearing a petition of Pinjra Tod activist Natasha Narwal seeking video conference facility to communicate with her lawyer.

Advocate Pujari appearing for Narwal today, submitted that he wished to bring to the Court’s notice a disturbing state of affairs after having a conversation with his client Natasha at 9 am in the morning over video conferencing where she stated that there is a complete lockdown in the jail and the inmates are not being allowed to speak to their family members because there had been violence and legs of foreigner prisoners were broken who wanted to go out.

The bench however said that it will not go into this issue and directed the petitioner to file a PIL in this regard.

Advocate Rahul Mehra assured the court that Video Conferencing facility was being arranged in the jails and no violence took place in the jail.

The bench has sought a status report from the Delhi Government by June 26 and has posted the matter for next hearing on June 29.

On May 26, Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested ‘Pinjra Tod’ activist Natasha Narwal booking 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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