Toolkit Case: Delhi Court to Hear Nikita Jacob’s Plea on 9 March

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana granted time to the Delhi Police to file a reply in the matter.

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Maharashtra-based lawyer, Nikita Jacob practices at the Bombay High Court

A Delhi court on Tuesday, 2 March, adjourned till 9 March the hearing on lawyer and activist Nikita Jacob's anticipatory bail plea in connection with the 'toolkit' case.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana granted time to the Delhi Police to file a reply in the matter.

On 17 February, the Principal Bench of the Bombay High Court had granted transit anticipatory bail for three weeks to Jacob and had asked her to furnish a bond of Rs 25,000.

Meanwhile, on 25 February, activist Shantanu Muluk was also granted protection from arrest by the Delhi court till 9 March in the case, with the Delhi Police seeking more time to file a detailed reply on his plea.

Now, both Muluk and Jacob's applications will be heard together.


Who is Nikita Jacob?

The Delhi Police is probing the 'toolkit Google doc', which supported the farmers' agitation and was shared by climate activist Greta Thunberg.

The police said that Jacob is one of the creators of the ‘toolkit’, while Muluk was the owner of the email account from which the toolkit was created.

“The initial examination of Nikita revealed that she and her associates, Shantanu and Disha, had created the ‘toolkit’ Google document. The email account created by Shantanu is the owner of this document and all others are its editors,” the police said.

The police further revealed that a Zoom meeting took place on 11 January, attended by Jacob and Shantanu and organised by the Poetic Justice Foundation, which the police deems as a ‘pro-Khalistani’ organisation, in which "the modalities of the Global Day of Action were worked out".

Jacob had told the Delhi Police that her intent was never to incite violence and there was nothing illegal in what she did. In a statement to the Delhi Police, accessed by Hindustan Times, the 30-year-old had stated that the document was simply an “information pack".

(With inputs from ANI and LiveLaw.)

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