The Bombay High Court at Goa on Wednesday granted a 10-day transit bail to environmental activist Subham Kar Chaudhari in the 'toolkit' case registered by Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi Police in connection with the ongoing farmer protests.
Justice MS Jawalkar granted protection “in the interest of justice without going into the merits of the matter, just to enable the applicant to approach the competent authority for seeking appropriate relief”.
Chaudhari said that he is an ardent environmentalist, who is actively involved in seeking the ecologically sustainable solutions and proposing environment oriented approach towards policy making.
He asserted that he had worked for a well known environmental organization “Extinction Rebellion” and is presently the South Asia Liaison in charge of the organization.
“It is contented that he has been falsely implicated and that he has no connection whatsoever in the offences alleged in the said FIR,” Chaudhari stated.
The Court further noted that he had been a resident of Goa since August 2020, had no criminal antecedents and belonged to a respectable family.
"The reasons for apprehension of arrest is justified in the facts and circumstances set out. Admittedly, FIR is lodged at New Delhi and any regular application for anticipatory bail under Section 438 of Cr.P.C. would be considered by the competent Court at Delhi. Therefore, the applicant is entitled for protection by way of granting transit bail to approach to the competent authority for seeking appropriate reliefs," the Court observed.