Activist Shantanu Muluk, One of the three main accused in the “Toolkit” case, has secured interim protection from arrest. Mr Muluk, against whom a non-bailable arrest warrant had been released by the Delhi police, has obtained a transit anticipatory bail from the Bombay High Court’s Aurangabad bench.
The Delhi Police accused activists Shantanu Muluk, Nikita Jacob and Disha Ravi of “spreading disaffection against the Indian state” by creating the “Toolkit” document in collaboration with the pro-Khalistani group Poetic Justice Foundation, shared earlier this month on Twitter by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in support of the ongoing farmers’ protest.
While Ms Ravi, a 22-year-old climate activist, was arrested last Saturday, non-bailable warrants were released yesterday against Mr Muluk and Nikita Jacob, a lawyer-activist.
Mr Jacob had filed an anticipatory bail on Monday. The order over his bail request has been reserved till tomorrow. The Delhi Police has assured his lawyer that no coercive action will be taken against him until the court rules on his application, NDTV reported.
The Delhi Police alleged on Monday that the document had been created by Mr Muluk, Disha Ravi, and Nikita Jacob and passed on to others for editing.
A woman from Canada, Puneet, had the three of them in touch with the banned group, the police claimed. Later, on January 11, they had a Zoom meeting in which they discussed generating social media buzz on Republic Day for the farmers’ tractor rally.
Several opposition leaders have slammed the central government over Disha Ravi’s arrest, including Congress’s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Kapil Sibal, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal.
A letter of support was written by over 300 alumni of Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru and condemned the arrest of fellow alumnus Disha Ravi by the Delhi Police.