Toolkit case: Nikita Jacob, Shantanu’s transit bail plea to be heard today

A non-bailable warrant was issued against the duo on Monday in connection with the document that outlined actions and digital strategies for the farmers' protest

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Muluk's petition will come up for hearing by evening while Jacob's is likely to be heard after 2 pm | File Photo: PTI

Mumbai-based lawyer Nikita Jacob and engineer Shantanu Muluk’s petitions seeking protection from arrest in the ‘toolkit’ case will be heard by the Bombay High Court on Tuesday. A non-bailable warrant was issued against the duo in connection with the document that outlined actions and digital strategies for the farmers’ protest.

The non-bailable warrants against the duo were issued by Delhi Police on Monday, a day after it arrested 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi from Bengaluru in connection with the case. Soon after, Jacob and Muluk separately moved the Aurangabad bench of the high court seeking transit anticipatory bail.

A bench of Justice PD Naik will hear Jacob’s petition while Muluk’s plea will be heard by a bench of Justice Vibha Kankanvadi of the Aurangabad bench. Muluk’s petition is listed on bottom on the board and will come up for hearing by evening while Jacob’s is likely to be heard after 2 pm.

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Both their pleas have sought interim protection for four weeks so that they can approach the concerned courts in Delhi for pre-arrest bail.

The ‘toolkit’ was first shared by Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter on February 3, which she later deleted and posted an updated one a day later. Delhi Police filed a case earlier this month alleging “pro-Khalistan” links behind creation of the “toolkit”.

Delhi Police claims Disha Ravi, Muluk, and Jacob created the toolkit and shared with others to tarnish India’s image. “Picked up” by the police on Sunday, Ravi has been remanded to five-day police custody, amid much criticism regarding the manner of her arrest.

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