Disha Ravi sent to 3-day judicial custody by Delhi Court in Toolkit case

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Delhi Sessions Court Tuesday granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi.

Disha Ravi, the climate activist arrested in the toolkit case, has been sent to three-day judicial custody by the Patiala House Court, Delhi, on Friday.

While producing Disha before the Patiala House court, the Delhi Police had sought her custody, saying she needed to be confronted with co-accused in the case.

Appearing on behalf of the police, the public prosecutor told the court that during interrogation, Disha shifted the blame on co-accused Shantanu and Nikita. She needs to be confronted with Shantanu when he joins the probe on February 22, and that is why the police need her in custody for three days, the prosecutor reasoned.

According to the police, Nikita Jacob, her associate Shantanu and Disha Ravi had created the toolkit on farmers’ protest which was shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg on social media. Disha had then sent the “toolkit” to Thunberg via Telegram app.

The duo along with 22-year-old Bengaluru resident Disha Ravi allegedly created the “toolkit” document on the farmers’ protest which touched upon “Pro-Khalistani elements”.

No violation of rights of petitioner

Earlier, the Delhi High Court, while ruling on a petition filed by climate activist Disha Ravi, said the Delhi Police would be entitled to conduct press briefings so long as no rights of the petitioner were violated.

Ravi had moved the court seeking direction to restrain the police from leaking to the media any probe material in relation to the FIR lodged against her in the ‘toolkit’ case.

Delhi High Court said the editors of news channels must exercise proper editorial control so the investigation by the police is not hampered.

“The media houses shall ensure that the broadcasts/telecasts by them are from verifiable and authentic sources. The editorial teams shall ensure that only verified content is broadcasted,” the court said.

“While a journalist cannot be asked to reveal the source, it needs to be ensured that the source ought to be authentic and verifiable,” it added.

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