Courtroom grants Disha Ravi bail in ‘toolkit’ case, lawyer says cannot afford bond of Rs 1 lakh

A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to Disha Ravi. A 22-year-old environmental activist, Disha Ravi was arrested from her residence in Bengaluru by Delhi Police earlier this month in connection with the ‘toolkit’ case.

The order was passed on Tuesday by Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana. While granting Disha Ravi bail, the court asked her to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh and two additional sureties.

“Considering the scanty and sketchy evidence available on record, I do not find any palpable reasons to breach the general rule of ‘Bail’ against a 22 years old young lady, with absolutely blemish-free criminal antecedents and having firm roots in the society, and send her to jail,” Judge Dharmender Rana said in his order.

Disha Ravi was seen sitting with her lawyers in the courtroom after the order on her bail was read out.

Disha Ravi’s lawyer told the court that her family cannot afford to furnish a bail bond of Rs 1 lakh since it is a high amount. As she was brought to the courtroom, Disha Ravi broke down while hugging her relatives, as per eyewitness accounts.

Disha Ravi appearing before Patiala House court in Delhi on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (Photo Credits: Yasir Iqbal/India Today)

Reacting to the court order granting Disha Ravi bail, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said in a tweet, “We live in strange times when, We rejoice bail for Disha who should not have been in jail in the first place; We rejoice Priya Ramani’s verdict when the ordeal of harassment& intimidation was hers to bear&intent was to get justice not to be served a defamation. Women,fight on!

“Disha Ravi’s lawyer in court defending against farfetched prosecution theories: When all evidence fails fall back on conspiracy. Jiska koi nahi hai uska conspiracy hota hai,” Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra said on Twitter.

The Delhi Police on Tuesday filed a petition in the Patiala House court seeking an extension of Disha Ravi’s police custody by another four days. A Delhi court had on February 22 extended Disha Ravi’s custody by 24 hours.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Delhi Police questioned all three accused in the ‘toolkit case’, namely environmental activist Disha Ravi, engineer Shantanu Muluk and lawyer Nikita Jacob. Both Muluk and Jacob are out on anticipatory bail, granted to them by the Bombay High Court.

At the time of opposing her bail plea, the counsel for the Delhi Police had told the additional sessions court that Disha Ravi must be confronted with the other two accused since she had shifted the blame on them during questioning.

Delhi Police Cyber Cell had issued non-bailable warrants against Disha Ravi, Shantanu Muluk and Nikita Jacob for creating and editing a ‘toolkit’. The Delhi Police said this ‘toolkit’ was aimed at “tarnishing the image of India” in the backdrop of the ongoing farmers’ agitation.

Disha Ravi, Muluk and Jacob even took part in a Zoom call with pro-Khalistani elements, including known members of Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF), the Delhi Police told the court.

While arguing in favour of her bail, Disha Ravi’s lawyer had said that she has nothing to do with the ‘Khalistan’ movement and the ‘toolkit’ was aimed at spreading awareness about the concerns of farmers protesting against the Centre’s three new farm laws.

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