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Toolkit case: Nikita, Shantanu questioned; Disha sent to one-day fresh police custody
The Bombay high Court had earlier granted transit anticipatory bail to both Nikita and Shantanu
The Delhi Police on Monday questioned lawyer Nikita Jacob and engineer Shantanu Muluk in connection with creating and sharing of an online 'toolkit' related to the ongoing farmers' protest on social media. The duo were questioned at police's Cyber Cell office in Dwarka.
The Bombay high Court had earlier granted transit anticipatory bail to both Nikita and Shantanu after a Delhi court issued non-bailable warrant against them.
Meanwhile, Disha Ravi, a Bengaluru-based climate activist arrested in the case, was sent to a fresh one-day police custody by a Delhi court on Monday. She was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma of the Patiala House Court at the end of her three-day judicial custody, amid high security.
The Delhi Police had claimed that Shantanu, Nikita and Disha were the creators of the Google document shared by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Twitter.
According to the investigators, both Nikita and Shantanu had attended a Zoom meeting organised by Poetic Justice Foundation, a pro-Khalistani group, to prepare the modalities of the ‘Global Day of Action’. The police have written to Zoom to find out who all were the other participants of the virtual meet and whether Thunberg had attended it.
"Disha, Shantanu and Nikita created and edited the toolkit. Disha sent the toolkit to Greta Thunberg through the Telegram app. Disha deleted a Whatsapp group which she had created to spread the toolkit. Due procedure was followed during Disha's arrest," Joint Commissioner of Police (Cyber) Prem Nath had said.
The ‘toolkit’ had triggered a storm after Thunberg shared it on Twitter and deleted hours later, prompting the Delhi Police to launch an investigation into alleged international conspiracy to defame the Indian government.
The police had claimed that the 'toolkit' predated and indicated a copycat execution of a conspiracy behind the January 26 violence in Delhi.
Thousands of farmers, protesting against the new farm laws passed by the Centre, clashed with police and stormed the Red Fort, where a religious flag was hoisted on the Republic Day. Over 500 police personnel were injured and one protester died.