More “toolkits” warrants
Arrest warrants without bail were issued for two people allegedly involved in the “toolkit” case, Delhi police said on Monday. Arrest warrants have been issued for activist Nikita Jacob and another activist, Shantanu Muluk, who lives in Mumbai.
- The two, along with Bengaluru-based climate change activist Disha Ravi, were involved in creating the farmers’ protest “toolkit” and disseminating it, Delhi police said on Monday.
- It is unclear whether this “toolkit”, which first attracted public attention when shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter, is banned in India.
- It is also unclear whether the government has officially banned activists or citizens from sharing this “toolkit” or supporting ongoing farmer protests in India.
- Police said the idea behind the “toolkit” was to tarnish the government’s image through a global campaign.
- Joint Police (Cybercrime) Commissioner Prem Nath said Poetic Justice Foundation founder M.O. Dhaliwal contacted Nikita Jacob through a colleague identified as Puneet, a resident of Canada.
- Police said a Zoom meeting was held on January 11 attended by Jacob, Dhaliwal, Muluk and others and it was during this meeting that it was decided that this campaign “should go global. And create unrest among farmers.” Police said the investigation showed that Jacob, Muluk and Ravi created the “toolkit document” and released it.
- Disha had sent this toolkit to climate change activist Greta Thunberg on Telegram. A preliminary investigation found that a lot of data was deleted from Disha’s phone.
- Searching for telegrams from her also reveals that the links were removed on February 3 from the Toolkit. Based on this evidence, her arrest was made, ”said the commissioner.
- Police said arrest warrants had been issued for Jacob and Shantanu without bail. Sources said a special cell team visited Jacob’s residence, but were unable to question him at the time.
- Delhi police also arrested 22-year-old climate change activist Disha Ravi from Bengaluru, who allegedly edited the toolkit, police said. A Delhi court sent her to five days in police custody on Sunday.
Lawyer Nikita Jacob moved to Mumbai High Court on Monday, seeking advance travel bond after Delhi police issued an arrest warrant for her in connection with the ‘toolkit’ tweeted by the Swedish environmental activist. Greta Thunberg, 18 years old. Jacob’s partner, Shantanu Muluk, also transferred the Aurangabad court to the Bombay High Court to request an advance travel bond in the same case. Tomorrow both requests will be heard.
- Jacob’s claim mentions that she did not receive a copy of the complaint or the FIR, if it was presented by an authority, and when she tried to request it, she was rejected.
- On February 11, Cyber Unit staff, accompanied by agents from the Vanrai Police Station, arrived at Jacob’s home with a search warrant and seized personal documents and electronic devices whose confidential information was protected by professional secrecy of the lawyer.
- Jacob volunteered for an environmental movement called Extinction Rebellion that helps raise awareness for various environmental causes.
Lawyers ask questions about how Disha Ravi was arrested: As Delhi police claimed that all rules and procedures were followed when 22-year-old climate change activist Disha A. Ravi was arrested at her residence in Bangalore on Saturday, several prominent lawyers and jurists raised concerns about the allegations. of violation of the norms and guidelines established by the Ministry. of the Interior and multiple sentences.
- Ravi was arrested on Saturday at her home in North Bengaluru by Delhi police and was immediately airlifted to the nation’s capital, where she was presented to the magistrate on Sunday afternoon.
- A group of lawyers submitted a petition to the Bengaluru police on Monday citing the 2012 MHA guidelines. The police practice of arresting someone out of state but bringing them back and presenting them to a magistrate in their own jurisdiction is not in agreement with the law, in accordance with MHA guidelines.
- In addition, article 80 of the CrPC stipulates that the detained person must appear before the magistrate in the jurisdiction of the arrest, which must be followed in all cases, according to the guidelines. However, that was not followed up in this case, lawyers say.
- Ravi would not have had the opportunity to seek legal advice and pleaded his own case while in custody for five days in Delhi on Sunday; This is another aspect which has been the subject of severe criticism.
New WhatsApp policy: Indians fear privacy, says CJI
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde said on Monday that Indians had “serious concerns” about the privacy of Facebook and WhatsApp. “People are seriously concerned about losing their privacy. It might be a two or three trillion business, but people value their privacy more. It is our duty to protect people’s privacy, ”said Chief Justice Bobde, leading a three-judge tribunal, and addressed the attorneys on the social media and instant messaging giants.
- “We tell you what we hear and read: people think that if A sends a WhatsApp message to B and B to C. The message loop is revealed to Facebook,” CJI addressed leading advocates Kapil Sibal and Arvind Datar , by companies. Both lawyers vehemently denied this as “disinformation.”
- Chief Justice Bobde said, “Say it under oath. We issue an opinion. Submit a response. “
- Attorney General Tushar Mehta, on behalf of the government, said: “It is a nation’s apprehension … Privacy is one of our basic rights. They [WhatsApp and Facebook] cannot compromise our privacy… They cannot differentiate themselves ”.
- Mr Datar said the General Data Protection Regulation was followed by probably 20 countries around the world. The accusations of differential treatment accorded to Indians are unfounded.
- “There is a different set of rules for Europeans and different for Indians … Even the government has seriously taken notice and issued notices to businesses,” he said. He urged the court to intervene and ensure that no data is disclosed.
India opens its mapping and geospatial data to general use
The Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) on Monday opened access to its geospatial data and services, including maps, for all Indian entities saying: “What is available in the world has no need to be regulated. ” This move is said to release a large amount of data that is currently restricted and not available for free.
- The update represents a major change in the country’s mapping policy, which previously required individuals and businesses to seek approval for the use of map data under the Geospatial Information Regulation Act of 2016.
- Geospatial data includes location information about natural or man-made physical or imaginary features, above or below ground, boundaries, points of interest, natural phenomena, mobility data, weather patterns and other statistical information.
- “The liberalization of the mapping industry and the democratization of existing data sets will stimulate national innovation and enable Indian companies to compete in the global mapping ecosystem by leveraging geospatial technologies” the ministry said in a statement.
- The announcement comes at a time when advances in mapping technology, including aerial vehicles, mobile mapping systems, LIDAR and RADAR sensors, and satellite remote sensing techniques, are driving innovation in commerce sectors. electronics, logistics and urban transport.
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