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In Disha Ravi case, judge cites Rig Veda: ‘Our civilisation never been averse to ideas from varied quarters’

Disha Ravi was arrested from Bengaluru on February 13 and has spent six days below police custody and three below judicial remand.

By hindustantimes.com | Reported by Richa Banka | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi

PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 06:19 PM IST

The judge of the Delhi courtroom, who granted bail to local weather activist Disha Ravi on Tuesday, cited from Rig Veda – the oldest of the 4 Vedas revered by the Hindu group.



“This 5000-year-old civilisation of ours has never been averse to ideas from varied quarters. Even our founding father accorded due respect to the divergence of opinion by recognising the freedom of speech and expression as an inviolable fundamental right,” further classes judge Dharmendra Rana stated.

The proper to dissent is firmly enshrined below Article 19 of the Constitution of India, justice Rana stated and additional added, “In my considered opinion, the freedom of speech and expression includes the right to seek a global audience.”

Talking concerning the toolkit, which the police stated was a part of a world conspiracy to defame India, the judge stated that he was proven two hyperlinks current within the Google Doc which had hyperlinks to two web sites the place he could not discover something objectionable.

He additionally refused the general public prosecutor’s argument that the fabric in second web site was “seditious” in nature. “The imputations maybe false, exaggerated or even with a mischievous intent but the same cannot be sitgmatized beig seditious unless they have tendency to foment violence,” stated justice Rana.

He additionally stated that the police are within the technique of accumulating extra proof and they also can’t be allowed to additional prohibit the freedom of a citizen on the premise of propitious anticipations. “The resistance to bail plea seems to be more ornamental in nature,” stated the judge.

Ravi was arrested from Bengaluru on February 13 and has spent six days below police custody and three below judicial remand. She is the founding father of the native chapter of Swedish local weather activist Greta Thunberg’s motion.

After her arrest, the Delhi Police had claimed that Ravi was concerned in producing and disseminating an motion plan that sparked violence throughout farmers’ protests in Delhi. Her attorneys had stated the arrest was unlawful and there was nothing seditious within the toolkit.

She was granted bail immediately topic to furnishing two sureties of 1 lakh.

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