Toolkit case | Court asks Delhi Police to give FIR copy to Disha Ravi, allows her to talk to family

A man holds a placard demanding the release of Indian climate activist Disha Ravi, during a protest in Bengaluru, India, Monday, Feb.15 2021.   | Photo Credit: AP

A Delhi Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi police to provide 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi a copy of the FIR and other documents related to her arrest in connection with the “toolkit” case.


Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma also allowed Ms. Ravi to speak with her family members over phone for 15 minutes a day and meet with her lawyer for 30 minutes a day, while she remained in police custody.


The court also directed the Delhi police to provide Ms. Ravi with copies of the arrest memo and remand paper which was placed to seek her custodial interrogation. The court also allowed her to get warm clothes, masks and books.


Ms. Ravi was arrested by a Cyber Cell team of the Delhi Police from Bengaluru on Saturday and brought to the capital. She was sent to five days police custody by a Delhi court on Sunday after the police sought her remand to probe an alleged larger conspiracy against the government of India and to ascertain her alleged role relating to the Khalistan movement.

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According to the police, Ms. Ravi is an editor of the “Toolkit Google Doc” and was a key conspirator in the document’s formulation and dissemination. Police have alleged that she started a WhatsApp Group to make the toolkit in collaboration with a pro-Khalistani organisation Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian government.

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The Delhi police said Ms. Ravi shared the Toolkit Doc with climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

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Ms. Ravi, in her defence before the court, had said she had just edited two lines in the toolkit and that she was in support of the farmers’ protest.

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