A Delhi Court has granted Shantanu Muluk interim protection from arrest till March 9 in the toolkit case on Thursday. Shantanu is one of the suspects in the toolkit document case connected with the farmers’ protest.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana of the Patiala House Court adjourned the case for March 9. The reason for the adjournment came after the Delhi Police “sought time to file a detailed and comprehensive reply”. On Wednesday, when Muluk filed for anticipatory bail, the court asked the Delhi Police to reply to the plea.
According to reports, Additional Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed the bench that there are inconsistency and contradictions in Muluk’s replies related to the case. The investigation agency needs to confront Muluk once again due to his inconsistent replies. Following this, Judge Rana adjourned the case till March 9 and said that no coercive action must be taken against Muluk.
Earlier, Muluk joined co-accused 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi at the Delhi Police Cyber Cell office in New Delhi for questioning in the toolkit case.
On Tuesday, Judge Rana granted bail to Disha in the case and slammed her arrest saying, “Citizens are conscience keepers of government in any democratic Nation. They cannot be put behind the bars simply because they choose to disagree with state policies.”
Meanwhile, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava on Wednesday said that it is unacceptable if someone uses a ‘toolkit’ to spread misinformation that causes violence. “There isn’t anything called ‘toolkit’ as such but if you use it for misinformation causes violence, then it is not acceptable,” Shrivastava said, adding that was the intent in the ‘toolkit’ case and the investigation is still on.