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Delhi court grants bail to activist Disha Ravi in toolkit case NewsFunda

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to climate activist

Disha Ravi

in connection with the

toolkit case

.

Additional sessions judge Dharmender Rana granted relief to Disha on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and two sureties of the same amount.

“Considering the scanty and sketchy evidence, I do not find any palpable reason to breach the rule of bail for a 22-year-old girl who has absolutely no criminal antecedent,” the judge said in the order.

The judge had earlier questioned police on evidence connecting Ravi with the

Khalistan

movement.

“How can you impute the same intention to me just because I meet certain persons with bad credentials or am emotionally attached to a cause? Just because I approached a dacoit for temple donation, do I become privy to dacoity,” the judge had asked, pointing out that Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF) is neither banned, nor is there any FIR against the founders.

She was sent to one-day police custody by a magisterial court on Monday after the police sought five-day custody to confront her with co-accused — Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk in the

toolkit

case.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Pankaj Sharma had on Monday observed, “Through collective confrontation the role played by each of them in deletion of original toolkit document would come to light which is very necessary for fair investigation.”

The court further underscored that the case involved allegations of a “vituperous campaign” to spread hatred and disaffection to disrupt peace and tranquillity to undermine India’s sovereignty, integrity and security, the investigating authority must be provided fair time and chance within the ambit of law to reach out to truth through custodial interrogation and confrontation.

“However, at the same time, a balance has to be struck with the individual’s right and considering the same, police custody remand of the accused is deemed necessary for a shorter period than required by the police as only confrontation of accused with other co-accused is sought and accordingly, accused is remanded in one-day police custody,” it added.

Appearing for Ravi, advocate Sidhart Aggarwal argued that the only question was if the investigation’s needs be met without putting her in police custody.

“They have the right to interrogate and confront. They will come on their predefined time and go back on their predefined time. Why should I be in police custody on the same questions. The demand of remand for five days is made to overreach the court deciding Ravi’s bail tomorrow,” he argued.

When the prosecutor objected to Aggarwal’s submission, he responded, “There’s a possibility that I may be wrong. But the fact that there’s a bail order for tomorrow should have been informed to this court.”

The police sought Ravi’s custody on the ground that she had confronted Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk who had been granted transit bail.

The police argued that the three accused have colluded with each other in creating the toolkit. It also submitted that Ravi had blamed others and the police had to ascertain each one of their roles.

“Further identification of other co-accused persons/conspirators and recovery of additional devices is to be made which is very likely and also to establish their links with pro-Khalistani group Poetic Justice Foundation,” the court noted.

Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk reached the cyber cell office in Dwarka to join the probe on Monday afternoon. The two entered the office around 12pm and Jacob was seen exiting around 8pm while Muluk was still being questioned. The two were also confronted with Disha Ravi whose custodial interrogation ended on Tuesday.

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