A Indian court on Tuesday granted bail to a climate activist who was charged with sedition after distributing a document intended to help protesting farmers organize.
The case of the activist, Disha Ravi, 21, is the latest test of the independence of India’s judiciary amid a turn toward nationalism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose agriculture policies are at the heart of a monthslong protest by the country’s farmers.
Ms. Ravi was arrested at her home in the southern city of Bangalore on Feb. 13. She was later accused of distributing an online instruction manual known as a “tool kit” in the form of a Google Doc with talking points and contact information for influential groups. The authorities say it led to violence during a protest in Delhi last month.
Her arrest prompted outrage from former police officers, retired government officials and public intellectuals, who accused Mr. Modi’s government of using the country’s law enforcement agencies to target political opponents.