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Toolkit case: Have not leaked Disha’s messages to media, police tells Delhi HC

The court was hearing a plea filed by the climate activist to restrain police from leaking to the media any probe material in relation to the FIR lodged against her.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 18, 2021 7:14:35 pm
Disha Ravi, Disha Ravi moves HC, Delhi high court, Toolkit case, Climate activist Disha Ravi, India news, Indian expressDisha Ravi was arrested in the toolkit case. (Twitter/@disha_ravi)

The Delhi Police Thursday told the Delhi High Court that it has not leaked any probe material to the media in connection with the FIR lodged against climate activist Disha Ravi for her alleged involvement in sharing a toolkit backing the ongoing farmers’ protest.

The court was hearing a plea filed by the climate activist to restrain police from leaking to the media any probe material in relation to the FIR lodged against her.

The submission was made before Justice Prathiba M Singh by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared on behalf of the police.

Tushar told the court that an affidavit will be filed regarding the same by the police tomorrow. However, Justice Prathiba M Singh said that Ravi’s petition is “something that requires consideration”.

The court also issued notice to the News Broadcasting Standards Authority and few media houses regarding publishing extracts of Ravi’s private chats. The court will now hear the matter tomorrow.

The toolkit on the farmers’ protest had come under the police scanner after Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg tweeted it on February 3, with police claiming the sequence of events in the farmers’ protests, including the violent incidents at Red Fort on Republic Day, was a “copycat” of the alleged action plan in the document.

Toolkit FIR claims bid to wage economic warfare on India and Indian companies Disha Ravi at a court in New Delhi on Sunday. (Express file photo)

Police have so far arrested Ravi in connection with the case, while advocate and activist Nikita Jacob and activist Shantanu Muluk have secured transit bail.

On Wednesday, ordering bail for Jacob, against whom a non-bailable warrant was issued in Delhi in the case, on a Rs 25,000 personal bond and sureties, the Bombay High Court noted, “This protection is granted for a period of three weeks from today (Wednesday) to enable the applicant to approach the competent court for seeking appropriate relief.” Muluk was granted 10-day transit pre-arrest bail on Tuesday by the Aurangabad Bench of the High Court.

On Tuesday, a Delhi court had directed Delhi Police to hand over Ravi a copy of the FIR and other documents related to her arrest in connection with a toolkit on the farmers’ protest. The court also directed police to provide her copies of the arrest memo and remand paper which was placed to seek her custodial interrogation.

The court also permitted her to get warm clothes, masks and books. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma allowed Ravi to speak with her family members over phone for 15 minutes a day and meet with her lawyer for 30 minutes a day while she is in police custody.

Meanwhile, expanding its investigation into the toolkit which Delhi Police claims was meant to tarnish India’s image, probe officers are learnt to be looking into the role of a UK-based member of the NGO Extinction Rebellion or XR, of which Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk are members.

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