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Toolkit case : Bombay HC grants 3-week transit pre-arrest bail to Nikita Jacob

In case of arrest, Nikita Jacob will be released on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and one surety of the same amount, said the court.

Toolkit case : Bombay HC grants 3-week transit pre-arrest bail to Nikita Jacob-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Feb 17, 2021, 1:30 PM IST
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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted three-week transit anticipatory bail to advocate and activist Nikita Jacob, against whom a non-bailable warrant is issued in Delhi in the Greta Thunberg toolkit case.

Justice PD Naik delivered the verdict after examining the order passed by Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court.

Looking at the facts, the court observed that the alleged offence is being investigated by the Delhi Police and the FIR is registered in Delhi.

In case of arrest, Nikita Jacob will be released on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and one surety of the same amount, said the court.

While passing the bail order, Justice P D Naik cited the Aurangabad bench order and considered similar Supreme Court rulings. Justice Naik said, "It would not be appropriate to make any observations on the merit of the case."

"It is undisputed that the FIR is registered in Delhi and Delhi Police officers had visited Jacob's residence and seized her mobile phone and laptop. The applicant had made herself available but Delhi police contends that the next day when they made an attempt, she was not available," observed Justice Naik.

The court pronounced the verdict after having a look at the order passed by the Aurangabad Bench of the court, wherein co-accused Shantanu Muluk was granted the same relief.

While issuing the non-bailable warrants against Jacob and Muluk, who work for a UK-based NGO Extinction Rebellion, Delhi Police had on Monday accused them of creating the toolkit tweeted by Thunberg on the farmers’ protest. Jacob has been booked under IPC Sections 124(A) for sedition, 153(A) for promoting enmity between different groups, and 120(B) for criminal conspiracy.

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