The Delhi High Court has allowed Pinjra Tod member Devangana Kalita's plea seeking various facilities such as video conferencing meetings with her counsel and access to non academic books.
The Single Bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru allowed the demands raised by Kalita after taking into consideration the status report filed by the Tihar authorities wherein it was mentioned that they have no objections to the aforesaid demands.
Kalita had moved a criminal writ petition seeking the following facilities:
She had argued that currently the prison officials were made privy to her meetings with the counsel which is a violation of Rule 627 of the Delhi Prison Rules, 2018.
It was further submitted by the Petitioner that the coordinate bench of this court had granted similar reliefs to fellow Pinjra Tod member Natasha Narwal after no objections were raised by Tihar authorities.
Therefore, the court disposed of this plea by noting that Devangana Kalita will be entitled to the same reliefs that were granted to Natasha Narwal by the Single Bench of Justice Hari Shankar in an order dated 30/06/20.
Now both Kalita and Narwal will be provided with the following: