Delhi High Court: Police must not prejudice probe, media should exercise restraint

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Delhi High Court while Hearing a plea from Disha Ravi directed police to abide by Home Ministry guidelines and not “rush to the press with half-baked, speculative or unconfirmed information about ongoing investigations”.

On Feb 18 Disha Ravi approaches Delhi HC to prevent the leakage of her private chats

Recently, the private chats between Disha Ravi and Greta Thunberg were leaked wherein the former asked the latter to delete the tweet that disclosed the toolkit document regarding the farmers protest.

High Court was hearing arguments in a plea by Disha against the “leaking” of her WhatsApp chats, allegedly by police, to the media. A local court, meanwhile, sent Disha to three days in judicial custody after police accused her of being “evasive” during questioning. She will be lodged in Tihar Jail.

Delhi High Court also directed editors of media houses to exercise “proper editorial control” over news content to ensure that investigation in the case is not hampered in any manner and that the content is not “offensive” and “scandalising”.

Delhi High Court bench Justice Prathiba M Singh said, “While police briefings and happenings in court proceedings, etc., can all be broadcast and disseminated, leaked investigation material ought not to be disseminated so as to prejudice the investigation.”

Delhi High Court bench Justice Prathiba M Singh directed Delhi Police to strictly abide by its affidavit, in which it denied leaking anything to the media, and the advisory issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2010 to ensure that there is no violation of legal rights, privacy and human rights of accused.