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Delhi Police opposes Disha Ravi’s bail plea, alleges ‘toolkit was to defame India globally’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Opposing Disha Ravi’s bail plea at the Patiala House Court, the Delhi Police argued that the 22-year-old environmentalist needs to be thoroughly investigated as “she was aware of the criminality of her actions”, adding that the toolkit was a “sinister design to defame India globally.”

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Responding to the arguments, the defence counsel Siddharth Agarwal on Saturday told the court that there is no evidence to link Disha with ‘Sikhs For Justice’, a banned organisation, as the climate activist was not a rebel without a cause. “There’s a cause of environment, of agriculture and interlink between them,” he said adding that “if highlighting farmers’ protest globally is sedition, I am better in jail.”

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.

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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.

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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