NEW DELHI: Climate activist Disha Ravi was sent to 3-day judicial custody by a Delhi court on Friday after she was produced amid high security at the end of her 5-day police custody.
Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Akash Jain sent Ravi to jail after Delhi Police said that her custodial interrogation was not required for the time being and it may seek to further interrogate her once her co-accused — Shantanu Muluk and Nikita Jacob — joined the interrogation.
Police claimed Ravi was evasive during her interrogation and tried to shift blame onto co-accused Nikita and Shantanu. Both have been asked to appear before the investigating agency on February 22, the prosecution told the court. “All the accused need to be confronted with one another.
That is why three days judicial custody is being sought,” the prosecution added. Meanwhile, Ravi’s lawyers opposed the police plea and informed that a bail plea has been filed, which is likely to be heard on Saturday. The defence counsel said the arrest is illegal and that there was apprehension of tampering of evidence by police as the “case diary is not properly made.”
The lawyer added that “there is no ground to keep her in any custody, police custody or judicial custody. She (Ravi) ought to be released right now.” Ravi was arrested from Bengaluru on February 13 for allegedly editing and sharing a ‘toolkit’ on social media related to the farmers’ protest.