Toolkit Case: No bail for activist Disha Ravi as Delhi court reserves order for Tuesday
New Delhi | Jagran New Delhi: The Patiala House Court in Delhi on Saturday reserved its order over climate activist Disha Ravi's bail application in the toolkit case and said that it will deliver its verdict on February 23.
Ravi, who was arrested by the Delhi Police earlier this month from Bengaluru, had moved the court and filed bail application which was heard by a single-judge bench of Justice Dharmender Rana on Tuesday.
During the hearing, senior advocate SV Raju and Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed, appearing for the Delhi Police, contested against giving bail to Ravi, saying she could hamper with the evidence.
The Delhi Police claimed that Ravi was working with pro-Khalistani organisations, including Poetic Justice Foundation and Sikhs for Justice, and was part of global conspiracy to defame India and create and unrest in the country in garb of farmers' protest.
The police claimed that Ravi allegedly edited the toolkit shared by Swedish activist Greta Thunberg which "may not be incriminating" but must be viewed in the backdrop of the 21-year-old's communication with Khalistani organisations.
"She asked Greta Thunberg to delete the document. If it was so innocuous, why did she ask Greta Thunberg to remove? This shows there was a sinister plan behind this toolkit," the Delhi Police said, as reported by Bar and Bench.
However, senior advocate Sidharth Agarwal, appearing for Ravi, claimed that the climate activist has nothing to do with pro-Khalistani organisations and said that "there is an allegation in FIR that Yoga and 'Chai' are being targeted".
Agarwal further said that nobody arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with Republic Day violence has said that they were inspired by the toolkit shared by Thunberg, adding that Ravi will not leave Delhi as she is "here to obstruct the investigation".
"She's not a rebel without a cause. Her cause is environment and agriculture. Fridays For Future is the only organisation with which I'm alleged to have a connection," Agarwal was quoted by Bar and Bench as saying.
"If highlighting the Farmers Protest on the global platform is sedition, then I'm guilty.. If thinking otherwise is a problem.. we're lowering the bar of thinking that someone may have an opinion different from ours.... The toolkit itself is not seditious....Problem is that I spoke to Greta Thunberg and convinced her to support Farm issues by a tweet.. the tweet is not about Khalistan movement," he added.
Disha was arrested from Bengaluru on February 13 in connection with the 'toolkit' case on the farmers' protest. On Friday, she was produced before Patiala House Court by the Special Cell of Delhi Police as her five-day police custody ended. She was later sent to three days in judicial custody by a Delhi court.
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma