Former judges, ex-police officers write to President over Disha case, back police action

A group of former judges and top police officers, including CBI ex-chief Nageswara Rao, has written to President Ram Nath Kovind on the Disha Ravi arrest, saying it was surprising that her age was being highlighted to prove innocence. They argued that age is immaterial and “what matters is a series of actions that are naturally anti-national.”

The signatories include three former Chief Justices of High Courts, 17 former judges, 18 former DGPs, a former Delhi Police Commissioner, a former member of the Central Vigilance Commission, two former special secretaries who worked with Home Ministry and the IB and a former special DG of CRPF.

Asserting that “some so-called intellectuals are trying to paint the incident of arrest of Disha as violation of the fundamental right of freedom of speech”, they said that “Delhi police is only discharging its legal duty”.

The group urged the Centre to ensure that the “Delhi Police is able to do its investigation in a free and fair manner without any undue pressure from vested interest, and, to bring to book all those rogue elements who have allowed themselves to be used by secessionist forces in India and abroad, trying to spread anarchy and provide intellectual cover to anti-national forces to serve their own selfish ends.”

Among the 47 signatories of the letter dated February 18 are former Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court V S Kokje, former Chief Justice of Delhi and Patna High Courts Rajendra Menon,…

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