Mumbai-based lawyer Nikita Jacob, who is one of the key accused in the toolkit case, has been given relief by the Bombay High Court during the hearing of a bail plea on Wednesday.
The Bombay High Court has allowed transit anticipatory bail application of Nikita Jacob and granted her transit bail for 3 weeks in connection with the FIR lodged by Delhi Police in the toolkit case.
In case of arrest, Nikita Jacob will be released on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and one surety of the same amount, said the court. The court noted Nikita Jacob is a permanent resident of Mumbai and the FIR is lodged in Delhi, and the relief sought by her now is only temporary.
While passing the bail order, Justice P D Naik blockquoted the Aurangabad bench order and considered similar Supreme Court rulings. Justice Naik said, "It would not be appropriate to make any observations on the merit of the case."
"It is undisputed that the FIR is registered in Delhi and Delhi Police officers had visited Jacob's residence and seized her mobile phone and laptop. The applicant had made herself available but Delhi police contend that the next day when they made an attempt, she was not available," observed Justice Naik.
Nikita Jacob is one of the three prime suspects who are being probed by Delhi Police in the toolkit case in which 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi was arrested last week. Non-bailable warrants have been issued against Nikita Jacob and Shantanu Muluk, an engineer, for creating and spreading the toolkit on the farmers' agitation which was later shared by Greta Thunberg.