Disha Ravi, a twenty-two-year-old activist who spent five days in police custody. She was also in prison for two days in the Toolkit case, was not bailed out today. Shortly after an hour-long debate between the judge and the Delhi Police. In the middle of which, Judge Dharmendra Rana said, “Can’t move ahead unless I satisfy my conscience” the order was reserved. Later, he reserved Tuesday’s order, which would mean another day for the climate protester in prison.
At the hearing today, during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day, the Delhi Police’s reasoning about the activists being in league with secessionists. Also conspiring to cause violence was a serious check, with the judge dubbing it “conjecture”
The judge proceeded to ask a series of difficult questions. Starting with “What is a toolkit” and whether it was “incriminating in itself”
What is the evidence you have gathered to demonstrate the correlation between her and the violence of January 26? You were arguing about her position in the toolkit. Again she was in contact with the secessionists,”What is the evidence of collection by you to show the link between her and the January 26 violence? You have argued about her role in toolkit and she in touch with the secessionists,”
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When the Delhi Police, representing by Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, argues. “Conspiracy can be seen only through circumstantial evidences,” the judge shot back, “So you don’t have any evidence to connect Disha with the January 26 violence?”
To highlight the point, he added, “How do you connect actual violators on January 26 with Disha?”
“In a conspiracy, execution is different and planning is different,” replies the Delhi Police, but it fails to satisfy the judge. “Should I presume that there is no direct link now?” he said.
He said, “Where is the connection between conspiracy and offence? I have still not got the answer” after finding that the perpetrators of violence were arrest in another case.
Counsel Sidharth Agarwal, appearing for Disha Ravi, said the 22-year-old from Karnataka had no contact with any of the secessionists.
“There can be another element also, enemy’s enemy is my friend”There can also be another element, my friend is the enemy of the enemy,”I must engage with that secessionist to take part in that cause”I have to engage in that cause with that secessionist.
“she is one, Disha Ravi’s lawyer said. “My only chats submitted are with PJFF (Poetic Justice Foundation). With so much power, why was that organisation still not banned? he added.