A Delhi court on Monday sent climate activist Disha Ravi to one-day police custody. She was arrested by the police in connection with an online toolkit which the cops claimed was created by her in support of farmers protesting against Centre's farm laws.
The Patiala House Court has turned down the Delhi Police’s request for a five-day custody of the 22-year-old.
On Friday, 19 February, as her five-day police remand was scheduled to end, Delhi’s Patiala House Court had sent Ravi to three-day judicial custody. The Delhi Police had sought the five-day judicial custody of the activist, with the prosecutor saying, “Disha was evasive during interrogation.”
Earlier last Friday, the trial court had sent Ravi to judicial custody for three days after her five-day police custody expired. On Saturday, during a hearing on a bail plea by Ravi, Additional Solicitor General S V Raju, appearing for the Delhi Police, had told the court that the hyperlinks in the toolkit connected people to Khalistani websites that propagate hatred towards India.
“This was not just a toolkit. The real plan was to defame India and create unrest here,” he said, reported the Indian Express. Responding to the allegations, the climate activist’s counsel Siddharth Agarwal had told the Delhi court that “if highlighting farmers’ protest globally is sedition, she (Disha Ravi) is better in jail.”
Ravi’s counsel further claimed that there is no evidence linking the toolkit to the violence during the farmers’ march on January 26. He also questioned the contents of the FIR.
“We all have different opinions. You may have a problem with farmers’ protest, I may not. If highlighting protest globally is sedition, I (Ravi) am better in jail. I (defence counsel) also support farmers. But if that’s an offence, let’s all go to jail,” defence counsel Sidharth Agarwal said.