New Delhi: A Delhi courtroom on Saturday (February 20, 2021) heard activist Disha Ravi’s bail plea within the ‘toolkit’ case the place 22-year previous’s counsel informed the courtroom that there isn’t any proof that hyperlinks the doc to the violence through the farmers’ march on January 26 within the nationwide capital.
Disha Ravi’s counsel additionally stated that there’s no person arrested in reference to the violence at Pink Fort who has stated that he was impressed for a similar due to the toolkit.
“All of us have totally different opinions. You could have an issue with the farmers’ protest, I could not. If highlighting protest globally is sedition, I (Ravi) am higher in jail. I (defence counsel) additionally assist farmers. But when that is an offence, let’s all go to jail,” activist’s defence counsel Sidharth Agarwal was quoted by PTI as saying. Agarwal additionally questioned the contents of the Delhi Police’s FIR.
“There may be an allegation in FIR that Yoga and Chai are being focused. Is it an offence? We are actually lowering the bar that anyone cannot have a standpoint totally different,” the defence stated.
In the course of the listening to, Extra Classes Decide Dharmender Rana, who reserved order for February 23 on activists’ bail utility, requested the prosecution how the toolkit was linked to the violence.
“Is there any proof or we’re solely appearing on surmises, inferences, and conjectures… How is the toolkit linked to violence? What’s the proof? What’s the proof to point out the connection between conspiracy and violence?” Decide Dharmender Rana requested.
Extra Solicitor Basic SV Raju, showing for the Delhi Police, informed the courtroom that the hyperlinks within the toolkit linked folks to Khalistani web sites that propagate hatred in direction of India.
He stated, “This was not only a toolkit. The true plan was to defame India and create unrest right here.”
The police stated that Disha Ravi was making ready the toolkit with these advocating Khalistan and alleged that the 22-year previous activist deleted WhatsApp chats, emails and different proof and was conscious of authorized motion that she might face.
“Why did Disha Ravi cowl her observe and delete proof if she didn’t commit unsuitable,” the police requested and stated that this reveals her responsible thoughts and sinister design.
The defence counsel, nonetheless, countered and stated that Disha Ravi acted resulting from concern of being wrongly prosecuted. It stated, “My half is that I sought assist from Greta Thunberg, that too for farmers’ protest and never for Khalistan.”
Disha Ravi’s Defence counsel added, “An individual could run for 2 causes – both he’s responsible or to save lots of himself from unsuitable persecution. An individual could have fears of the unsuitable prosecution, sadly, for this woman, her fears have come true.”
That is to be famous that Ravi was arrested by a Cyber Cell staff of the Delhi Police from Bengaluru on February 13 and dropped at Delhi. She has been arrested for allegedly being concerned in sharing a toolkit on social media associated to the continuing farmers’ protest.
Earlier on Friday, Swedish local weather activist Greta Thunberg tweeted extending her assist to Disha Ravi and stated that freedom of speech, the appropriate to peaceable protest and meeting are non-negotiable human rights. “These have to be a basic a part of any democracy,” she stated on Twitter, together with the hashtag Stand With Disha Ravi.
– Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) February 19, 2021
Hundreds of farmers have been protesting on the borders of the nationwide capital since late November 2020, in opposition to the three newly enacted agricultural legal guidelines. The farmer unions had additionally known as a tractor rally on Republic Day in Delhi, which had turned violent when the protesters and police personnel clashed. The protestors had additionally entered the Pink Fort and a few of them even hoisted spiritual flags on historic monument’s domes and the flagstaff on the ramparts.
Earlier within the day, the Delhi Police launched the pictures of 20 individuals who have been allegedly concerned within the January 26 violence. Police stated they’re scanning the movies and releasing photos of individuals from them.
(With inputs from businesses)