Disha Ravi, the 22-year old climate activist was granted bail by the Delhi court in connection to the farmers’ protest toolkit.
On Tuesday, the Delhi court granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi. She was arrested on February 13 from her home in Bengaluru in connection to the farmers’ protest toolkit shared by Greta Thunberg. Ravi was granted bail on furnishing a bail bond of ₹1,00,000 with two sureties in the like amount.
The Delhi court on the basis of finding no iota of evidence towards police’s charge of “sedition” on Ravi granted the bail. Judge Dharmendra Rana remarked during the case, “Citizens are conscience keepers of government in any democratic Nation. They cannot be put behind bars simply because they choose to disagree with the state policies. The offense of sedition cannot be invoked to minister to the wounded vanity of the governments,”.
Moreover on the Delhi police’s allegation that Ravi, the young climate activist gave a global audience to the secessionist elements as she manipulated the support of international youth icon Ms. Greta Thunberg. The court pointed out, “The right to dissent is firmly enshrined under Article 19 of The Constitution of India. In my considered opinion the freedom of speech and expression includes the right to seek a global audience”.
Hence the final concluding judgement the court concluded that “In the absence of any evidence to the effect that the applicant/accused (Ms. Ravi) agreed or shared a common purpose to cause violence on January 26 with the founders of PJF, it cannot be presumed by resorting to surmises or conjectures that she also supported the secessionist tendencies or the violence caused on January 26,”.
Disha’s parents are relieved to have their daughter out of jail and have given statements that they still have belief in the judiciary system of India to deliver justice.