Activist Disha Ravi sent to jail for 3 days, cops want to question her next week
A city court on Friday sent climate activist Disha Ravi to jail for three days at the request of the Delhi Police which will seek her custody again next week. Disha Ravi, who was arrested from her Bengaluru home on February 13 in connection with the Greta Thunberg toolkit case, was produced before the judge after being questioned by the police for five days.
The court order came after the police requested the judge to remand her in judicial custody for three days because they wanted to question her again on February 22.
Additional public prosecutor Irfan Ahmed, appearing for the police, told the court that Disha Ravi had been evasive during interrogation. Ahmed said the police want to question her again and bring her face-to-face with the other co-accused in this case.
The public prosecutor said the police had served notice to co-accused Shantanu Muluk who was expected to be questioned on February 22.
Disha Ravi, he said, had sought to shift the blame for the toolkit on Muluk and lawyer-activist Nikita Jacob, the third accused in the case.
The three, Ahmed said, needed to be confronted with each other.
Disha Ravi has also filed a bail application which is likely to be taken up on Saturday. Muluk and Jacob have already been granted transit anticipatory bail by the Bombay High Court.
Countering the additional public prosecutor, Siddharth Agarwal, who was appearing for Ravi, said that the case diary was not properly given and was also not in accordance with the law.
Earlier in the day, a city court directed the media and the police to exercise restraint while giving out details of the case, which dates back to earlier this month, when Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted out a toolkit over the ongoing farmers’ protest in India. The kit, it is alleged, was given to Thunberg by Ravi.