Toolkit Case: Disha Ravi gets bail, Court terms police probe ‘scanty and sketchy’
22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi leaves after a hearing in a 'toolkit' case at Patiala House Court, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. PTI

Toolkit Case: Disha Ravi gets bail, Court terms police probe ‘scanty and sketchy’

The court stated that "creation of a WhatsApp group or being editor of an innocuous toolkit is not an offence".

The Delhi Court on Tuesday granted bail to 22-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi, who was arrested on February 12 in connection with the dissemination of the Toolkit document. She was produced before Patiala House Court at the end of her one-day police custody.

The session court while granting bail to Ravi, termed the police probe into the matter as "scanty and sketchy investigation", it also observed that it does not find any palpable reason to breach the rule of bail for a 22-year-old girl who has no "criminal antecedents."

The court stated that "creation of a WhatsApp group or being editor of an innocuous toolkit is not an offence".

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“Since the link with the said toolkit or Poetic Justice Foundation (PJF) has not been found to be objectionable, mere deletion of the WhatsApp chat to destroy the evidence linking her with the toolkit and PJF also becomes meaningless," said the Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana.

The court also said that it found no evidence to link Ravi to the violence that occurred on the Republic Day's tractor parade.

"Except for a bare assertion, no evidence has been brought to my notice to support the contention that any violence took place at any of the Indian Embassies according to the sinister designs of the applicant accused and her co-conspirators," the court said in its order.

The court has asked Ravi to not leave the country without its permission and to cooperate with the investigation.

"She shall not leave the country without the permission of the court and she shall scrupulously appear at each and every stage of the proceedings before the concerned court so as not to cause any obstruction or delay to its progress," the order stated.

On February 3, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg had shared this 'toolkit' in a tweet, which she later deleted. Greta had also extended support to the protest by farmer unions on the borders of Delhi against the new farm laws.

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