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Disha Ravi Bail In Toolkit Case: Highlights From The Delhi Court Order

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Disha Ravi bail: The 22-year-old climate activist from Bengaluru was Tuesday granted bail by Delhi’s Patiala House court after staying in judicial custody since February 13, the day she was arrested in connection to the ‘toolkit’ case.

Ravi had been accused of “sedition” and “conspiracy” against the state, with her role being probed in the Republic Day violence that broke out during the farmers’ protest.

Her bail order was passed by Judge Dharmendra Rana. The court pronounced that “considering the scanty and sketchy evidence” there was no reason to hold a 22-year-old girl in custody.

The order has asked Ravi to produce two surety bonds of Rs 1 lakh each. Full report here. She has been directed to co-operate with the Delhi Police’s investigation and not leave the country.

Disha Ravi Bail: Highlights From The Case And Court Order

1. On February 13, in connection to the probe, 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi was picked up by Delhi Police from her Bengaluru residence on charges of involvement in the ‘toolkit’ document shared by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. Her arrest had sparked wide outrage on social media for the way it had been carried out.

2. Ravi was first sent to police custody in Delhi for seven days. When the order expired, she was remanded to three more days of custody. A judgment on Monday gave police a fresh one-day custody over Ravi until the pronouncement of her bail plea on Tuesday.

3. The Patiala House court, while passing judgment on Ravi’s bail plea, said on February 23, “Considering the scanty and sketchy evidence, there were no palpable reasons to breach the rule of bail for a 22-year-old girl who has absolutely no criminal antecedents.”

4. The court, producing parts of the ‘toolkit’ in question, said that “call for violence [was] conspicuously absent.” Invoking the Rigveda scripture, it maintained, “This 5000 year old civilisation of ours has never been averse to ideas from varied quarters.”

Evidence “sketchy” and “scanty”: Court pronouncing Disha Ravi bail

Police investigations claimed Ravi had edited and circulated the farmers’ protest ‘toolkit’ document and attended a Zoom meeting with accused persons Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk, and pro-Khalistani Canada-based activist Mo Dhaliwal.

Ravi had maintained in court that she was only supporting farmers and had merely edited two lines of the ‘toolkit’ document. “If highlighting the Farmers’ protest on a global platform is sedition, then I am guilty,” she said.

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Disha Ravi Bail In Toolkit Case: Highlights From The Delhi Court Order
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