Toolkit case: Delhi court sends Disha Ravi to jail for 3 days

Disha Ravi

A Delhi court on Friday sent 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi to three-day judicial custody in connection with the Greta Thunberg toolkit case.

Disha Ravi was arrested from her Bengaluru home last week; she faces charges of conspiracy and sedition. On Saturday, the court will hear her petition for bail.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Akash Jain sent Disha, to jail after Delhi Police produced her before the court on expiry of her five-day custodial interrogation.

Police said that her custodial interrogation was not required for the time being and the agency may seek her further interrogation once her co-accused — Shantanu Mukul and Nikita Jacob — join the interrogation.

Police further said Disha was evasive during her previous interrogation and tried to shift blame on the co-accused.

Mukul and Jacob have been asked to appear before the investigating agency on February 22, the agency told the court.
The defence lawyer opposed the police plea and urged the court to release Disha.

Her lawyer said that there was an apprehension of tampering of the evidence by police as the “case diary is not properly made…and in volume form. There’s no ground to keep her in any custody, police custody or judicial custody. She ought to be released right now”.

Disha Ravi’s arrest had sparked huge outrage as opposition leaders and prominent activists including international faces called it “atrocious”; farmer leaders too had condemned it. “I did not make the toolkit. We wanted to support the farmers. I edited two lines on February 3,” Disha Ravi had told the court on Sunday.