A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested for allegedly sharing a “toolkit” related to farmers’ protests on social media, saying the evidence presented by the police was scanty and incomplete. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana granted this relief to Ravi on a personal bond of one lakh rupees and two sureties of the same amount.
The court said that the accused has no criminal history. The judge said, “Considering the low and incomplete evidence, I could not find any convincing reason for not granting bail for a 22-year-old girl who has no criminal record.” Ravi was arrested by a team from Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell from Bangalore and brought to Delhi. His term of police custody ends today.
In the toolkit case, the court said that citizens are the ones to awaken the conscience of the government. They cannot be sent to jail simply because they disagree with the government’s policies. During the hearing of the bail plea, the court said that the creation of a WhatsApp group or editor of a harmless toolkit is not a crime.
The court also said that there does not appear to be anything that clearly indicates that Disha Ravi has supported any separatist view. The court also said that the investigating agency cannot be allowed to further restrict civil liberties based on predictions.