The Bombay High Court on Wednesday granted three Weeks transit anticipatory bail to Mumbai-based Advocate Nikita Jacob, who is faced with a non-bailable warrant issued by the Tis Hazari Court, in Delhi, in connection with the farmers' protest "tool kit" case.
According to the Delhi police, climate change activist Disha Ravi, along with Jacob and Beed engineer Shantanu Muluk, created the "toolkit" related to the farmers' agitation which was shared by activist Greta Thunberg.
Ravi is in custody, while Muluk was granted 10-day transit anticipatory bail by the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court, on Monday.
The court had reserved its order on Jacob's transit bail yesterday, after hearing arguments advance by Jacob's defence and Delhi Police.
A single bench of Justice PD Naik granted relief to Jacob after hearing her application. The bench observed that since the police officers has searched her house, seized her laptop and phone and recorded her statement, it means Jacob has made herself available for investigation.
Since Nikita Jacob will have to ultimately approach the Delhi Courts for bail after three weeks, the bench said that it was not commenting anything on the merits of the case.
The court said that this was not the stage to go into the merits of the case, but the allegations against Jacob would need to be recorded.
In her plea filed through advocate Sanjukta Dey, Jacob says she volunteered in an environmental movement called "Extinction Rebellion," which helps to create awareness about environmental issues and create a positive change in the world today through non-violent means.
"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 let alone to incite violence riots and/or cause other physical harms," the petition states.