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Toolkit Case: HC grants transit bail to Nikita Jacob

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Lawyer and environmental activist Nikita Jacob, who is sought by the Delhi Police in the toolkit case, has been granted three weeks transit bail by the Bombay High Court. The court said that in case of an arrest, Nikita will have to be released on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and a surety of like amount.

Notably, the Delhi Police had earlier on Monday alleged that the lawyer along with environmental activist Disha Ravi and engineer Shantanu Muluk had created a toolkit on the ongoing farmers’ protest. The police claimed that the toolkit was meant to tarnish India’s image on the international platform.

It has been also claimed by police that in the process of preparing the toolkit, the trio were in direct contact with pro-Khalistani people. Notably, the entire toolkit controversy erupted after international celebrities including Rihanna, Greta Thunberg and Mia Khalifa tweeted in favour of the farmers’ protest in India, drawing international attention towards the issue.

Toolkit prepared to get international support

The toolkit was meant to garner international support for the ongoing farmers’ protest against three new central farm laws. Nikita’s counsel had on Tuesday informed the court that there was a Zoom meeting before Republic Day, which was attended by Poetic Justice Foundation founder MO Dhaliwal, and other fellow activists, including Disha Ravi.

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In a document submitted by her lawyer, she claimed the “toolkit” was prepared by Extinction Rebellion (XR) India volunteers for presenting the whole picture with a simple breakdown for an international audience. Her lawyer told the court that the police had seized her laptops and mobile phones, and now she fears arrest. The bench of Justice PD Naik had reserved his order on Nikita’s plea for today.

Another activist Disha Ravi who has been named by the police has been already arrested from Bengaluru and is behind bars.

 

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