By Shilpa Jamkhandikar
MUMBAI, Feb.17 (Reuters) – A Mumbai court on Wednesday granted bail to an associate of a 22-year-old climate activist whose arrest for promoting an action plan for the farmers protests sparked outrage across the country.
Police had requested the arrest of Nikita Jacob, a Mumbai-based lawyer, for allegedly collaborating with activist Disha Ravi on a “toolkit” or document which they said was used to instigate violence during of a mass demonstration of farmers in Delhi last. month.
Ravi, an activist linked to Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, was arrested over the weekend on charges of sedition and remains in custody. Jacob has asked a Mumbai court to prevent police from executing his own arrest warrant. the court granted him three weeks of interim relief, ”Sanjukta Dey, Jacob’s lawyer, told reporters outside the court.
“There is nothing in the toolkit on violence, it is only to raise awareness of farm laws, it is not to create violence,” Dey added.
Dey said Jacob had previously been questioned by police about the document and was ready to cooperate with them in their investigations into the events of January 26, when farmers stormed the historic Red Fort in the old Delhi as the country scored. the day of the Republic. tweeted a link to the “toolbox” in early February, drawing international attention to the farmers’ campaign against the Indian government’s decision to deregulate agricultural commodity markets and open them up to private actors. She then deleted this message.
Politicians, students and activists staged protests against the arrest of Ravi, a founding member of the local branch of Thunberg’s Fridays for Future movement on climate change. On Wednesday, the student wing of the main opposition congress party staged a protest in Delhi demanding his release.
A lawyer for Ravi declined to comment. His arrest comes at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government faces allegations of a crackdown on dissent.