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The Delhi High Court yesterday restrained Delhi Police from circulating information regarding allegations and evidence allegedly collected against Devangana Kalita or other accused in FIRs pertaining to the anti-CAA protests and Delhi riots, to any person or media. (Devangana Kalita vs State)
The order was passed by a single Judge Bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru.
Pinjra tod member, Kalita is an accused in as many as four FIRs pertaining to the anti-CAA protests and Delhi riots, namely, FIR Nos 250/2019, 48/2020, 50/2020 and 59/2020.
She is presently in judicial custody in connection with the FIR registered for the February Jafarabad anti-CAA sit-in protest.
She was recently granted bail in the Daryaganj FIR which was registered in connection with the December 2019 Anti-CAA protests.
Kalita (Petitioner) contended that the Crime Branch of Delhi Police was feeding selective information and the evidence allegedly collected against her in the cases to media.
She claimed that this information, which was being circulated by the Delhi Police in the form of a "Brief Note", was misleading and was likely to prejudice the trial of all accused persons including the Petitioner.
It was also stated the such misleading information was likely to place the Petitioner and her family members at risk.
While issuing notice in the petition, the Court directed Delhi Police to file its counter affidavit within a period of two weeks.
It further ordered,
The matter would be heard next on July 9.
Advocates Adit S Pujari, Kriti Awasthi appeared for Kalita.
Advocate Chitanya Gosain appeared for Delhi Police.
Read the Order: