If highlighting farmers’ protest is sedition, it’s better to be in jail: Disha Ravi

Disha Ravi

“If highlighting farmers’ protest globally is sedition, I am better in jail,” the climate activist Disha Ravi told a Delhi court via her lawyer Saturday, stating that there is no evidence to link her with Sikhs For Justice, a banned organisation.

The Delhi court has granted a police request to extend the detention of Disha Ravi whom they accuse of sedition for her alleged role in the creation of an online “toolkit” intended to help farmers protesting Narendra Modi government’s new agri laws.

The 22-year-old appeared in court on Friday following her arrest in Bengaluru last weekend in a case that has raised concerns about the crackdown on dissent and free speech.

During a hearing on a bail plea by Disha Ravi at the Patiala House Court, the Delhi Police had argued that she needs to be thoroughly investigated as “she was aware of the criminality of her actions”.

The police also told the court that the investigation will reveal the “sinister design to defame India”.

Court has reserved the order on Disha’s bail plea for February 23.

Responding to the police arguments, the defence lawyer Siddharth Agarwal told the court that Ravi was not a rebel without a cause. “There’s a cause of environment, of agriculture and interlink between them,” he said.

Many including retired supreme court judges and senior lawyers have criticised the sedition case, disputing the allegation by Delhi Police that the document in question incited violence.