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Disha Ravi Case: No Leak Of Investigation Material To Media, Delhi HC Orders Delhi Police

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Disha Ravi Case: The Delhi high court on Friday directed the Delhi police to not leak any investigation material, including private chats, to the media in the “toolkit case” amid the ongoing farmers’ protest.

Bengaluru environment activist Disha Ravi has moved to the court seeking a ban on private television channels from publishing private contents of her WhatsApp conversations. The court on Friday directed police to ensure no such “sensationalism and prejudicial reporting” happens in the case. Ravi was also asked to ensure that the people connected to her do not indulge in “scandalising” the Delhi Police during the course of the investigation into the case, Bar and Bench reported.

An FIR was filed against climate activist Ravi for her alleged involvement in sharing a toolkit backing farmers’ protest. Police alleged that it was aimed at tarnishing India’s image globally and based on that, the young activist was arrested from Bengaluru.

In addition, several media channels were directed to ensure that their coverage of the case is based on “verified and authentic sources.” Editors were asked to ensure they “exercise proper editorial control so that the accused’s rights are not violated.”

According to the petition, Ravi argued that leakage of her private WhatsApp chats and subsequent biased media reportage about her during police custody are “false, malicious and severely compromises the Petitioner’s right to privacy, right to reputation, and right to a fair trial.”

She has also said that the police “did not obtain any transit remand, nor did they permit the petitioner to consult with a lawyer”. “Surprisingly, there was significant media coverage of the petitioner’s remand hearing and the media seemed to have more knowledge about the time and venue of the petitioner’s production than her lawyers,” her petition said.

The controversial “toolkit” was surfaced after Swedish activist Greta Thunberg posted it on social media in early February. Based on it, the police claimed Ravi was involved in “formulation and dissemination” of the doc.  Disha Ravi Toolkit Case: All You Need to Know