Disha's mother elated, thanks supporters after bail

Disha Ravi's mother elated, thanks supporters after bail is granted

A Delhi court on Tuesday granted bail to climate activist Disha Ravi, arrested from Bengaluru on February 13, in the toolkit case

21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi leaves after a hearing in a 'toolkit' case at Patiala House Court. Credit: PTI Photo

Going through intense stress and anxiety for over 10 days, the family of climate activist Disha Ravi said it was relieved by the Delhi court's decision to grant her bail.

Expressing joy over the court’s order, Disha’s mother Manjula Nanjaiah thanked all the supporters who stood by her daughter in the hour of distress.

Manjula, unable to hold back tears, spoke to media persons at her home in Abbigere in Bengaluru and reposed faith and trust in the country’s judiciary. "I am relieved and very happy. I believe in India’s legal system. There is value to the truth in India. I don’t know how to say thanks to all the people who supported Disha and came out for her,” Manjula said.

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However, the family refused to share any more details about their daughter’s release and arrival in Bengaluru. Speaking to DH, Prasanna, one of Disha’s advocates in Bengaluru said that Disha’s aunt has gone to New Delhi to receive her. “We are yet to chalk out plans about the future and will discuss with the family,” he said.

Meanwhile, activists and civil rights group volunteers are happy over the Delhi court's order on Disha's bail plea. 

 

Kishan, a volunteer with All India Students Association (AISA) said, "It (the bail) was a step that had to be taken regardless. We will not stop at this but await what happens next as we had fundamentally challenged the arrest itself."

Leo Saldanha of ESG said, "Perhaps, the bail order is the best development of the day. The language used by the judge to explain the importance of the right to freedom of expression is heartwarming. The way in which the judge said that this right is not specific to one country, but is a universal right is something incredible."

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