A Delhi court on Tuesday 23 Feburary granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested in connection with allegedly being involved in sharing a “toolkit” on social media related to the farmers’ protest, terming evidence produced by police as scanty and sketchy.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana granted relief to Ravi on a personal bond of Rs one lakh and two sureties of like amount.
“Considering the scanty and sketchy investigation, i do not find any palpable reason to breach the rule of bail for a 22-year-old girl who has absolutely no criminal antecedents,” said Additional sessions judge Dharmender Rana.
Ravi was arrested by a Cyber Cell team of the Delhi Police from Bengaluru and brought to Delhi. She was currently in police custody.
Here come Some relevant observations from the Court order :
“In my considered opinion creation of a WhatsApp group or being editor of an innocuous Toolkit is not an offence.
Further, since the link with the said toolkit or PJF has not been found to be objectionable, mere deletion of the WhatsApp chat to destroy the evidence linking her with the toolkit and PJF also becomes meaningless.
Further, it is rightly pointed out by Ld Defence Counsel that the protest march was duly permitted by the Delhi police therefore there is nothing wrong in co-accused Shantanu reaching Delhi to attend the protest march.
Still further, the attempt to conceal her identity seems to be nothing more than an anxious effort to stay away from unnecessary controversies”
Earlier Delhi court on Monday 23 Feburary sent 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested in connection with allegedly being involved in sharing a “toolkit” on social media related to the farmers’ protest, to one day police custody.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma allowed custodial interrogation of Ravi after police said she was required to be confronted with co-accused.
This is after Disha Ravi was produced before the court on expiry of her three-day judicial custody.
The court on Friday had sent her to judicial custody after police had said her custodial interrogation was not required for the time being.
The agency had said that it would seek her further custodial interrogation once co-accused Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk join the interrogation on February 22.
Ravi was arrested by Delhi police on February 13 from Bengaluru and India’s toughest sedition law been enforced on the 22 year old girl .