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Delhi Court reserves order on activist Disha Ravi’s bail plea for Tuesday

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Delhi court on Saturday reserved its order on ‘toolkit’ case accused and climate activist Disha Ravi’s bail plea for February 23. Today’s hearing on the controversial ‘toolkit’ case was held by additional sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana at Patiala House Court in Delhi.

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Arguing Delhi police charges of sedition over the online “toolkit”, the 22-yaer-old environmentalist in her bail plea told the court that it was merely a “resource document”.

However, the Delhi police challenged the bail stating that it can be denied if the accused indulges in tampering of evidences. “Constantly she has been refusing to cooperate with the probe. Her devices have been sent to the FSL experts. Preliminary findings show contents have been deleted. Investigation is still at preliminary stage…That’s destruction of evidences,” the prosecution argued.

Meanwhile, the police constantly maintained that the conspiracy could be seen only based on circumstantial evidences, Justice Rana asked, “Should I presume that there is no direct link now?”

As the police counsel failed to come up with an apt answer over their conspiracy theory, Justice Rana said, “Unless I satisfy my conscience, I don’t move ahead.”

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Hearing Disha Ravi’s plea today, the court asked, “What is a toolkit?”, “what was the legal bar that stopped the Bengaluru woman from moving bail”, “What is the prosecution story?, “What are the allegations against Disha Ravi?”, “What are the evidences against her?” the judge posed questions.

Defying accusation levelled against her by Delhi Police, the 22-year-activist urged that she has no connection with Khalistan movement, “I am 22, from Karnataka. I have no connection with Khalistan movement, whatsoever,” Disha Ravi argued before Justice Dharmendra Rana. “There is no single chat or conversation between me and the (banned organisation) Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) produced by the Delhi police.”

Presenting Ms Ravi’s side her counsel Siddharth Agarwal pointed out that the police case had said that “yoga was being targeted”. “If I prefer Kung Fu, am I in conspiracy with China? Is that sedition?”

The judge then asked her if she had attended a Zoom call, which is where the January 26 violence conspiracy was hatched, as per police. “If there is violence or instigation of violence then it’s an offence, but what’s the allegation against me? That I was part of a Zoom call? That I spoke during the Zoom call?” her counsel asked.

Mr Agarwal, meanwhile, asserted that the toolkit had nothing to “sow disaffection to the country”.

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Whereas, the Delhi police argued that the accused was creating a conspiracy with the the Poetic Justice Foundation, a secessionist group which advocates for ‘Khalistan’ and had scheduled three zoom meetings with the organisation.

“The PJF got in touch with Disha to device a scheme to make a criminal conspiracy on farmers’ protest as they wanted an Indian face,” the police alleged.

“Disha Ravi was part of the Indian chapter of global conspiracy to defame India, create unrest in garb of farmers’ protest,” the police further said.

The Delhi Police further cited parts of the controversial ‘toolkit’ which were allegedly later removed by the accused, the ASG said referring to ‘Farmers protest cheat-sheet’ and ‘Ask India’ which were removed. He also that these sections were hyperlinked to websites that talked about Kashmir genocide.

The Delhi court has reserved the order on Disha’s bail plea for February 23.

On February 13, Disha Ravi was arrested from Bengaluru and sent to five days’ judicial custody in connection with teen Swedish activist Greta Thunberg ‘toolkit’ case, backing the ongoing farmers’ agitation after the police informed the Delhi court that Ravi had been evasive during interrogation and shifted the blame on the co-accused Shantanu Muluk and Nikita Jacob, who are also on Delhi police radar.

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The police officials, in their appeal to award her police custody, informed the court that Disha had sent the toolkit to Greta Thunberg through the Telegram app, and also “coaxed her to act on it”.

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