New Delhi, Mar 12 (ILNS) A Delhi Court on Friday directed that no coercive action be taken against Toolkit case accused and environmental activist Shubham Kar Chaudhari in a sedition case lodged against him.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana, while slating the matter for further consideration on March 15, passed this order.
The order was passed after Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed informed the court that the anticipatory bail applications of co-accused Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk are listed on March 15.
Meanwhile, appearing for Chaudhari, Advocate Soutik Banerjee informed the court, “The protection given to me by Goa Bench expires today, my case is distinct as I have no role in the making of this toolkit. The only role I have is that I was a member of the organisation.”
Following these submissions the court said, “List for March 15 for further consideration. Meanwhile, no coercive action be taken against the applicant accused.”
Earlier on March 3, the Bombay High Court had granted transit bail to Chaudhari with the liberty to approach a court in Delhi by March 12.
In his application before the Bombay High Court, he had claimed that he had volunteered for “Extinction Rebellion” organisation and was presently its South Asia Liaison. Engineer Shantanu Muluk and Lawyer Nitika Jacob also have links with the said organisation.
It was contended by Chaudhari that he was “falsely implicated” in the case and has no connection with the said toolkit.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana is the same judge, who had granted bail to 22-year-old accused and Climate Activist Disha Ravi.
While granting bail to Ravi, ASJ Rana said, “Considering the scanty and sketchy evidence, there were no palpable reason to breach the rule of bail for a 22-year-old girl, who has absolutely blemish-free criminal antecedents and having firm roots in the society.”
ASJ Rana is also hearing the anticipatory bail applications filed by co-accused Mumbai-based lawyer Jacob and Pune-based Engineer Shantanu Muluk. ASJ Rana has also granted interim protection to the two till March 15.
As per Delhi Police, the ‘toolkit’ shared by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg played a major role in turning the ’26 January 2021 tractor parade’ violent, leaving a few hundred police personnel injured.
Police said the toolkit was not created just by a handful of activists in India, but in collaboration with pro-Khalistani organisations.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police lodged an FIR against creating and spreading the toolkit and said that a probe is on to unravel an ‘international conspiracy’ to defame India. ILNS/ANB/SNG/JR