High drama followed the arrest of civil rights activist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj with the Faridabad Chief Judicial Magistrate granting transit remand for her only to change it four hours later and asking her to be kept under house arrest.
She will be under house arrest till August 30.
NDTV reported that Bharadwaj's lawyers raised an alarm saying despite the court order she was not kept under house arrest. It was at 1 am on Wednesday that Bharadwaj was taken to the magistrate's home where he said that the police must follow the court order.
This came after the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed the transit remand of the activist.
The Hindu quoted Bharadwaj saying earlier in the day, "Everybody knows about my credentials. I am a public figure working for 30 years. I have nothing to do with the incident in the FIR."
She said that her phone, laptop and mobile phones had been seized by the police.
Apart from her, activists were raided across the country with writer Anand Teltumbde, revolutionary poet Varavara Rao and lawyer and author Arun Ferreira, and former secretary of People's Union for Democratic Rights Gautam Navlakha being arrested as well.
The series of incidents yesterday drew harsh criticism from civil society and even politicians with some calling the arrests politically motivated.