Bombay High Court lawyer Nikita Jacob, accused in the farmers’ protest ‘toolkit’ case, has approached Delhi High Court for anticipatory bail. The plea will be heard today by Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana.
After arresting Disha Ravi from Bangalore on February 14, the Delhi Police had issued non-bailable warrants against Shantanu Muluk and lawyer Nikita Jacob who were allegedly in direct interaction with pro-Khalistan elements and worked closely with other creators of the toolkit/document in order to amplify the farmer’s protests.
Nikita had been granted 3 weeks of transit anticipatory bail on February 17 by Bombay High Court while recording Jacob’s submission that she had no religious, political and financial intention to incite violence. The court had also pointed out that Jacob’s house was raided by Police on February 11 and this shows that she had made herself available for investigation. Senior Advocate Mihir Desai (appearing for Nikita) had submitted that there are precedents holding that the liberty of an individual cannot be curtailed due to territorial restrictions. He contended that the tool kit does not mention anything about violence, or taking over of the Red Fort, and it just was a document created to coordinate the farmers’ protest.
While granting bail to Disha, ASJ Rana had observed thus, “..there is nothing on record