Toolkit Case: 'Climate Activist' Disha Ravi Sent to 3 Day Judicial Custody by Patiala House Court

As per recent reports, the 22-year-old 'climate activist' was arrested by the Delhi Police from Bengaluru on Saturday night in connection with the 'Toolkit Case'. Disha Ravi was produced in Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Friday. Senior Advocate Siddharth Aggarwal appeared for her at the hearing.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 19, 2021 17:32 IST
Toolkit Case: 'Climate Activist' Disha Ravi Sent to 3 Day Judicial Custody by Patiala House Court
Disha Ravi "Climate Activist"

According to recent reports, "Climate Activist" Disha Ravi was sent to three-day judicial custody by Delhi's Patiala House Court, on Friday, 19 February, the day that her five-day police remand was scheduled to end. The order has been passed by ACMM Aakash Jain.

The Delhi Police had sought the three-day judicial custody of Disha Ravi. Disha Ravi was produced in Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Friday. Senior Advocate Siddharth Aggarwal appeared for her at the hearing.

On Sunday, she was remanded to five-day Delhi Police Special Cell custody. Breaking down in the court, Ravi denied being part of any conspiracy and said, "I was just supporting farmers.” She claimed that she didn't create the toolkit, just made two edits to it.

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According to Delhi Police, Disha Ravi was one of the editors of the toolkit Google Document and a key conspirator in the document’s formulation and dissemination.

Delhi Police stated “In this process, they all collaborated with pro-Khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State. She was the one who shared the ‘toolkit’ document with Greta Thunberg. Later, she asked Greta to remove the main doc after its incriminating details accidentally got into the public domain. This is many times more than the two-line edit she claims she did,” 

The statement added, “The main aim of the toolkit was to create misinformation and disaffection against the lawfully enacted government. It sought to artificially amplify fake news, other falsehoods, and sought to precipitate action on 26 January, ie India’s Republic Day”.

On Tuesday, the Patiala House Court had allowed Ravi to access a copy of the FIR as well as the remand application which was opposed by the Delhi Police.

In a plea moved by Disha’s advocates, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma also allowed the environment activist to get warm clothes, masks, books, etc., and make contact with her mother and family for 15 minutes every day, reported Bar and Bench.

Ravi was also permitted to speak to her lawyer for 30 minutes on a daily basis. Meanwhile, Ravi has also filed a petition in the Delhi High Court regarding alleged leaks by the Delhi Police and coverage of her case by various media houses.

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The petition filed by Ravi argues that Ravi’s private WhatsApp chats leaks, her alleged admissions, and disclosures in police custody, as well as the subsequent biased media reportage about her, is “false, malicious and severely compromises the Petitioner’s right to privacy, right to reputation, and right to a fair trial.”

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the Centre, had asserted on Thursday that the police had not leaked any information to the media regarding the case. An affidavit on behalf of the Delhi Police has now been filed in the Delhi High Court to this effect.

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