Pinjra Tod Activists Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita
Pinjra Tod Activists Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita
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Devangana Kalita, Pinjra Tod peddling false social media narrative; media trial in place to gain sympathy: Delhi Police tells Delhi HC

Kalita had moved Court last month following the circulation of a "Brief Note" by Delhi Police, which divulged information on evidence allegedly collected against her.

Aditi Singh

In response to Pinjra Tod member Devangana Kalita's petition to stop the circulation of selective information against her, the Delhi Police has asserted before the Delhi High Court that it is Kalita and her group which has started a 'media trial' in her favour in order to gain public sympathy.

Kalita is an accused in as many as four FIRs pertaining to the anti-CAA protests and Delhi riots and is presently in judicial custody.

She had moved the High Court last month following the circulation of a "Brief Note", which divulged information on evidence allegedly collected against her in the cases, among the media.

"..the petitioner herself is guilty of peddling a false social media narrative of state sponsored oppression and subjugation against a particular community which incited the Delhi riots, and after the riots, she is guilty of peddling of a false narrative of a political vendetta, state sponsored pogrom, persecution and malicious prosecution against the said community."
Deputy Commissioner, Crime, Delhi Police has stated.

In its affidavit before the Court, Delhi Police has claimed that the press note was only an attempt to put "things in right perspective" and to prevent any flare of public sentiments due to Kalita's arrest.

"The said note was necessary in peculiar facts and circumstances which prevailed in the aftermath of the Delhi riots and was in discharge of the constitutional obligation of respondent to satisfy the right of the citizen to know about the affairs of the society and the right of the journalist to ensure an informed society", it is stated.

Delhi Police has informed the Court that contrary to the claims being made by Kalita and others, there was overwhelming evidence against her to show "her pivotal involvement in inciting and executing the riots" of February 2020.

It is thus claimed that the narrative of persecution, victimization, malicious prosecution and oppression being "peddled" by Kalita, Pinjra Tod and its affiliate groups was per se false and fabricated.

Delhi Police has also contended that considering the gravity of offences committed by Kalita and her attempts to "obfuscate, imperil and impede" investigation, no indulgence under Article 226 of the Constitution is warranted.

The affidavit was filed through Advocates Amit Mahajan & Rajat Nair.

While issuing notice in the Kalita's petition, the Court had restrained Delhi Police from circulating information regarding allegations and evidence allegedly collected against Devangana Kalita or other accused in FIRs.

The matter would come up for hearing on July 9.

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