The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted one last opportunity to the Central government and Delhi Police to file their response to Disha Ravi’s petition concerning media leaks in the toolkit FIR (Disha A Ravi v. State & Ors).
A single-judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh granted two weeks’ time for filing the counter-affidavits and listed the case for hearing on May 18.
Ravi’s interim prayer for removal of content online would also be considered on the next date.
In her petition, Disha claimed that she was viscerally attacked by Delhi Police and several media houses based on leaked investigative matter and prejudicial press briefings.
Such conduct, it was asserted, went against her presumption of innocence, and violates her right to fair trial, thereby affecting the administration of justice.
The other parties in the petition are News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA), News 18, India Today and Times Now.
After a detailed hearing, the Court had, on February 19, passed an interim order directing news channel editors to exercise proper control while reporting so that the investigation into the farmers protests toolkit case is not hampered.
At the same time, 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.
Ravi was apprehended by the Delhi Police on the night of February 13, on the allegation that she had made edits to a Google document that was shared as a “toolkit” related to the ongoing farmers’ protests.
She was granted bail by a Delhi Court on February 23.