February 23rd, 2021
On Tuesday, a Delhi court granted bail to 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi, who was arrested in the farmers’ toolkit’ protest case by the Delhi police from her Bengaluru residence on February 13.
On condition of furnishing two guarantees of Rupees One Lakh each, the Court granted her bail.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana of Patiala House Court Complex passed the verdict in Ravi’s bail application in which orders were reserved on February 20.
She was also produced today before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate as her police custody period was expiring today. The ACM Pankaj Sharma disposed of the application seeking 4-day police custody pending the confirmation of bail.
Th Court had quizzed the Delhi Police about the link between the ‘toolkit’ and January 26 violence duing the 3-hour long hearing on February 20, “What exactly is the evidence collected by you against this lady connecting her to the violence perpetuated on Jan 26? Is there any evidence, or are required to merely work on surmises, conjectures?”, the judge had asked during bail hearing.
The prosecution submitted that the ‘toolkit’, which came to public domain after it was shared by international climate activist Greta Thunberg in Twittter, was created by Disha Ravi in association with organizations having Khalistani leanings. It was alleged that Ravi had attended Zoom meetings with members of “Poetic Justice Foundation”, an organization alleged to have Khalistani links. Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, who appeared for the Delhi police, alleged that the ‘toolkit’ was part of an international conspiracy to malign India by using the garb of farmers protests, and that the same was linked to the violence which took place in the national capital on the Republic Day during the tractor parade by protesting farmers.
The ASG also submitted that there was a need to confront Disha with the co-accused Advocate Nikita Jacob and activist Shantanu Muluk. Refuting the police allegations, Advocate Siddharth Agarwal, appearing for Ravi, submitted that the ‘toolkit’ was merely a document for organizing peaceful protests and mobilize a social media campaign against the farmers laws. He submitted that there was no evidence to link the ‘toolkit’ to the January 26 violence.
Yesterday, a Delhi Magistrate had remanded Disha Ravi to one-day police custody. After her arrest from Bengaluru, she was remanded to 5-day police custody by a Delhi Magistrate on February 14. Later, on February 19, she was remanded to 3-day judicial custody.