Nikita Jacob gets transit bail in Tool Kit case

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Bombay High Court Wednesday granted three weeks transit pre-arrest bail to Adv Nikita Jacob in connection with the case registered by Delhi Police over the toolkit shared by Greta Thunberg for farmers protest.

“It isn’t disputed that Nikita Jacob is a resident of Mumbai and it is also talked about that Delhi police had recorded her statement, seized her laptop computer and documents. It’s obvious that Jacob had made herself available,” Court noticed.

Justice PD Naik pronounced the order at present after perusing the order passed by the Aurangabad Bench of the High Court, which granted transit bail to activist Shantanu Muluk, one other individual implicated in the toolkit case, reported legal website Bar and Bench.

Senior Advocate Mihir Desai appeared for Jacob.

The Court also requested Jacob to furnish a bond of Rs. 25,000.

Whereas the plea was being argued, the Court recorded that Jacob had no religious, political and monetary intention to incite violence in Delhi on 26 January and that her home was raided on 11 February for search and seizure.

After the arrest of 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi on Sunday in the toolkit case, non-bailable warrants had been issued against Jacob and Shantanu Muluk in the matter.

Muluk was granted transit anticipatory bail for 10 days by the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court in connection with the case on Tuesday.

Based on Delhi Police, Muluk was the owner of the email account from which the toolkit was created.

“The preliminary examination of Nikita Jacob revealed that she and her associates, Shantanu Muluk and Disha Ravi, had created the ‘toolkit’ Google doc. The e-mail account created by Shantanu Muluk is the owner of this doc and all others are its editors,” the police stated.

The Delhi police action against activists has caused outrage, with the nation’s opposition leaders, academics, rights activists and several group leaders calling it “alarming” and an attack on free speech.

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