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Greta Thunberg toolkit case: Delhi court sends Disha Ravi to three-day judicial custody

The police informed the court that Disha Ravi had been evasive during interrogation and shifted the blame on the co-accused.

Written by Anand Mohan J | New Delhi |
Updated: February 19, 2021 8:49:08 pm
Disha Ravi arrives at a court in New Delhi. (Photo: REUTERS)

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

The police informed the court that Ravi had been evasive during interrogation and shifted the blame on the co-accused. Ravi has filed an application for bail, which will be heard by a court on Saturday.

Additional Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmad, who appeared on behalf of the Delhi Police told Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain, “During interrogation, she was evasive in giving her replies. We have served a notice to co-accused Shantanu Muluk to join the investigation on February 22. We will confront Ravi with the co-accused to see any contradictions in their statements.”

“She has shifted the blame upon Shantanu and co-accused Nikita Jacob. They all need to be confronted,” Ahmad added.

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Ravi was represented in court by her lawyer, Sidharth Aggarwal who opposed the police application. He told the court, “The police must hand over the case diary to the court. There is a possibility of tampering in this case. They are claiming various things.”

When the police submitted the case diary, Aggarwal told the court, “There is no material apart from the case diary right now. They have to be paginated and they can’t submit loose sheets…this is loosely collated and cannot be taken cognizance of. So I (Ravi) have to be released and when they produce the case diary then I will be produced.”

Ahmad told the court, “He cannot dictate the directions.” Aggarwal replied, “Don’t address those standing behind us. Speak to the judge.”

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

According to the Delhi Police, Ravi was the “key conspirator” in the formulation and dissemination of the document and that she collaborated with pro-Khalisatani Poetic Justice Foundation to “spread disaffection against Indian state” and also shared the doc with Thunberg.

The police have so far arrested Ravi in connection with the case, while advocate-activist Nikita Jacob and 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, the Bombay High Court had 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 Tuesday by the Aurangabad Bench of the High Court.

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

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