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‘Toolkit’ suspect Nikita fears arrest, asks court ‘Am I an accused or a witness?’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: One of the three people who’s name has been listed by the Delhi Police in controversial ‘toolkit’ case, Advocate Nikita Jacob, has knocked on the doors of the Bombay High Court seeking anticipatory bail for four weeks. She has also reportedly sought relief from any coercive action during the four weeks time. In her petition, she has claimed that she is apprehensive of being booked on “false and frivolous charges”.

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Her lawyer has flagged the petition for urgent hearing and appealed for a Monday hearing, which the court seemingly didn’t approved and posted the matter for Tuesday. “The present applicant was deeply concerned with the recent farm laws. Various environmental movements and activists including the present applicant have been researching and circulating information for raising awareness to encourage peaceful participation and express solidarity with various vulnerable communities, including the protesting farmers who have been protesting since long and have been discussing various ways to support the farmers in the short and long term. The present applicant has no religious, political and/ or financial motive or agenda for researching, discussing, editing and circulating communication packs/ toolkits for raising awareness,” Jacob’s petition read.

She also alleged that her personal information is being spread on social media through trolls and bots.

Informing about her predicament, she said that the Cyber cell Unit of Delhi Police came to her house with a search warrant and seized personal documents and electronic gadgets from the house. “In view of the continuing investigation, there is an apprehension that in spite of cooperating with the investigating machinery, the applicant may be arrested due to political vendetta. The applicant is unaware of the fact whether she is an accused person or a witness as her name is nowhere mentioned as far as she is aware in the alleged FIR,”  her petition further read.

Given to the current scenario, she has therefore sought transit anticipatory bail for four weeks, relief from arrest or any coercive action for four weeks and also handing over the copy of the FIR to her.

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Furthermore, another ‘toolkit’ case accused, a 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi was arrested from Bengaluru on February 13 evening in connection with the formulation and dissemination of Toolkit document, in the ongoing farmers’ protest. The accused is believed to be one of the editors of ‘Toolkit’ document and has been awarded five days of police custody. Another activist Shantanu has also been issued a non-bailable warrant by the Delhi Police in this case.

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