Toolkit Case: Delhi Court grants protection from arrest to Shantanu Muluk till March 92 min read


On February 25, a New Delhi Court granted interim protection from arrest to Shantanu Muluk who is one of the accused along with Disha Ravi and Nikita Jacob in the famous toolkit document case related to farmers’ protest. Shantanu Muluk along with Disha Ravi and Nikita Jacob was booked under alleged sedition and other charges.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana granted the interim relief from arrest to the young activist after Delhi police said that it needed time for further interrogation before filing a response to Muluk’s anticipatory bail plea. Rana also adjourned the hearing for March 9.

The Delhi Court noted the submission and directed the Delhi police not to take any coercive action against Muluk till the Court’s further hearing on the matter on March 9.

Additional Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed sought a seven-day time to file a detailed and comprehensive response to Muluk’s plea filed by his legal counsel Vrinda Grover, submitting that custodial interrogation is essential in the case as the accused has given contradictory replies.

However, Shantanu Muluk’s legal counsel Vrinda Grover said that she had no issues with the order but urged the Court to extend the period of interim relief from arrest granted to Muluk.

Earlier Disha Ravi, one of the accused in the toolkit document case was arrested by the Delhi police. However, the Patiala House Court in Delhi granted bail to the 21-years-old climate activist on Tuesday after the Delhi police failed to present substantial evidence in the case against Ravi.

The toolkit document case came to existence after global climate activist Greta Thunberg posted the document on her Twitter social media account, which she later deleted. Greta Thunberg also extended her support to the ongoing farmers’ protest in Delhi against the controversial new Farm laws passed by the BJP-led Central Government.

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