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What are your legal and constitutional rights as a peaceful protestor?

The arrest of 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi has raised a number of questions. She has been charged with conspiracy and sedition for editing a google document, a toolkit supporting the farmers’ protests. The Delhi Police arrested Ravi from Bengaluru without a transit remand order. The police did not inform her chosen lawyers of her remand hearing and provided her with a legal aid lawyer instead. Then the magistrate ordered five days of police custody.

On this episode of The Suno India Show, our reporter Suryatapa Mukherjee speaks to Colin Gonsalves, a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court and the founder of Human Rights Law Network. Gonsalves says that even people protesting peacefully and legally can be arrested by the police illegally. However, he gives legal advice on how those arrested can speak up for their rights before the police and the court. Legal precedents and guidelines cited by him are linked below.

DK Basu guidelines
Arnesh Kumar vs State Of Bihar
MHA advisory on arresting an accused outside State/UT jurisdiction

What are your legal and constitutional rights as a peaceful protestor?

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