Toolkit Case: Court lets Disha Ravi have copy of FIR and remand


NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Tuesday permitted activist Disha Ravi (21) to have a copy of the FIR registered by the Delhi Police over the “toolkit” prepared in connection with the farmers’ agitation. The court also allowed Ravi’s plea demanding a copy of the remand application moved by the Delhi Police earlier this week seeking her custodial interrogation.

Ravi is currently in custody of the special cell of the Delhi Police for five days wherein she is being interrogated over her alleged role in editing the “toolkit”.

Ravi has also been allowed to speak with her family daily for 15 minutes and with her lawyer for 30 minutes during the police custody. Ravi’s plea seeking a copy of the FIR and remand was opposed by the Delhi Police.

The “toolkit” forms the basis of an FIR registered by the special cell on February 4 after Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted the “toolkit” for the farmers’ protests. The FIR stands registered against unnamed individuals.

In a related development, granting interim protection from arrest, the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court granted transit anticipatory bail for 10 days to co-accused Shantanu Muluk.

Claiming innocence, he contended that he had bonafide intentions with regard to the farmers’ protests. Muluk averred that the registration of the case under Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) is nothing but gross abuse of legal provisions by the state to subdue the voice of rightful dissent.

Muluk stated in his plea that the actual dissenters are suppressed farmers and that he only extended his support to the dissenters.

Meanwhile, a similar plea by co-accused and lawyer Nikita Jacob, seeking interim anticipatory bail, has been reserved for orders on Wednesday. The Delhi Police opposed Jacob’s plea in the Bombay High Court on the grounds of maintainability.

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