Disha Ravi Toolkit Case Judge Commentary: The court has chosen to put a stay on Disha Ravi’s bail and take a decision on Tuesday February 23rd. Starting with “What is a toolkit” and whether it was “incriminating in itself”, the judge went on to ask a series of tough questions.
A 21-year-old activist Disha Ravi has been in jail for editing and circulating a ‘toolkit’ (a Google document) that contained information on how to make the Indian farmers protest a global issues. The toolkit, first created by Swedish activist
Greta Thunberg, has created a political uproar with authorities blaming Disha Ravi and others for allegedly having anti-national agenda. It has also triggered global attention on young activists in India. So far in the case, the judge heard the accusation by the Delhi Police, responsible for Ravi’s arrest and the young activist’s arguments. Here are some tough questions that were raised by judge Dharmendra Rana.
“Can’t move ahead unless I satisfy my conscience”, the judge said as he reserved the order for Tuesday. He called police’s assumption that Disha Ravi had links with pro Khalistani movement as “conjecture”.
“What is the evidence collected by you to show the link between her and the January 26 violence? You have argued about her role in toolkit and she in touch with the secessionists,” he asked. When the Delhi Police — represented by Additional Solicitor General SV Raju — argued that “
Conspiracy can be seen only through circumstantial evidences,” the judge shot back, “So you don’t have any evidence to connect Disha with the January 26 violence?”
“How do you connect actual violators on January 26 with Disha?” – Asked the judge
Appearing for Disha Ravi, counsel Sidharth Agarwal said the 21-year-old from Karnataka has had no contact with any secessionist. Disha Ravi’s legal team said that the toolbox wasn’t connected to Khalistani Body Sikhs For Justice. He added, “Disha isn’t a dissident without a reason. There’s a reason for climate, of agribusiness and interlink between them.”
The judge has reserved the order for Tuesday, Feb 23rd. The nation will be watching how this plays out as it will determine how activism in India is perceived. There is global dissent for the way Delhi Police has handled the Disha Ravi toolkit case.