'Very Serious Matter' : Delhi Commission For Women Takes Suo Moto Cognisance Of Disha Ravi's Arrest In 'Toolkit' Case
The Delhi Commission for Women was aware of the media reports that 21-year-old climate activist DishaRavi had been arrested under Article 22 in violation of her constitutional rights. Noting that it was 'a serious matter,' the Head of the Commission, Swati Maliwal, requested a reply from the Delhi Police Department on the following points:
1. Copy of the registered FIR in the case.
2. Reasons for allegedly failing to produce the detained girl for transit remand before the local court.
3. Reasons for allegedly not providing the lawyer of her choice to the girl when she was produced before the court in Delhi.
4. Detailed action taken
The DCW pointed out in a letter written to the Deputy Police Commissioner, Delhi Police Cyber Crime Cell, that in a 2019 order, the Delhi High Court stated: "Endeavour should be made to obtain transit remand after producing the arrestee before the nearest magistrate unless the situation warrants otherwise. The letter also referred to Article 22(1) of the Indian Constitution, which states that all persons detained are entitled to be defended by a legal practitioner of their choosing. Several legal experts challenged Disha Ravi's arrest and detention by arguing that her development in Delhi was not followed by transit detention from the Bengaluru court from where she was detained. It is also noted that she was not offered a lawyer of her own choosing.
Former Supreme Court judge Justice Deepak Gupta commented in a channel debate that the 'toolkit'- which led to Ravi's arrest - said nothing about violence or incitement, and that it was a document calling for peaceful protests against farm laws. To term the 'toolkit' seditious was a wrong understanding of law, he said. On Saturday night, Disha Ravi was arrested by a special Delhi Police cell from her Bengaluru residence in the FIR registered in the 'toolkit' posted on social media by international environmental activist Greta Thunberg to organise the agitation against farm rule. On Sunday afternoon, a Duty Magistrate at Patiala House Courts, Delhi, remanded her to 5 days in police custody.