‘Toolkit’ Case: Disha Gets Bail as Judge Sees No Reason to Keep Her Behind Bars

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Disha Ravi.

Ravi’s counsel Advocate Siddharth Agarwal claimed there is no evidence linking the Toolkit to the violence during the farmers’ march on January 26.

NEW DELHI — A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi in the toolkit case, considering the “scanty and sketchy evidence on record”.

“Considering the scanty and sketchy evidence on record, 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,” Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana noted.

Ravi has been directed to not leave the country, and cooperate with the ongoing investigation as a condition for grant of bail.

She faces charges of conspiracy and sedition in the ‘Toolkit’ conspiracy case related to the farmers’ agitation and was arrested from Bengaluru on February 13.

The Delhi Police have contended that the Google document tweeted by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to back the farmers’ protest and then deleted, was created by Ravi and two other activists — Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk.

During the three-hour-long bail hearing on February 20, the police said that the ‘Toolkit’ was a sinister design to defame India and cause violence.

“Poetic Justice Foundation and Sikhs For Justice in order to hide their involvement, used Disha Ravi as a front to carry out nefarious activity,” Additional Solicitor General S.V. Raju told the court, adding that these organisations are connected to the Khalistani movement.

Ravi’s counsel Advocate Siddharth Agarwal, however, claimed there is no evidence linking the toolkit to the violence during the farmers’ march on January 26.

Shantanu Muluk seeks anticipatory bail

Meanwhile, Shantanu Muluk, another accused in the ‘Toolkit’ conspiracy case, filed an anticipatory bail application in a Delhi court on Tuesday.

Muluk, along with climate activist Disha Ravi and Nikita Jacob, are the three accused in the case. The Bombay High Court had granted transit anticipatory bail to him for 10 days on February 16.

Jacob and Muluk joined the investigation at Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell office in Dwarka on Monday. They were confronted with Ravi the same day after they were issued a notice to join the probe last week.

The Delhi Police have contended that the Google document tweeted by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to back the farmers’ protest and then deleted, was created by Ravi and two other activists – Jacob and Muluk.

A ‘toolkit’ is a series of guidelines suggesting how a particular aim can be achieved. Toolkits chart out plans of action explaining topics at hand and offers suggestions that could be followed to achieve particular goals. — IANS

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