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Toolkit controversy: Non-bailable warrants issued against Nikita Jacob, Shantanu

Disha Ravi was an editor of the toolkit Google doc and key conspirator in the document's formulation and dissemination

Delhi Police now carries non-bailable warrants against Nikita Jacob and Shantanu in connection with the toolkit controversy.

Earlier, Delhi Police had registered a case against Mumbai-based lawyer Nikita Jacob for taking part in “anti-india campaigns”.

Legal Rights Observatory (LRO), a legal rights organisation, said that Nikita had arranged campaigns by foreign celebrities to run a campaign against farm laws. 

Nikita’s role in the campaign came to fore after Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, 18, accidentally tweeted a toolkit related to the farmer’s protest against the Centre’s three agri laws. Greta had tweeted in support of farmers protests in India. Besides Greta, pop star Rihanna and porn star Mia Khalifa tweeted in favour of the farmers stir.

Previously, on 13 February, the Cyber Cell of Delhi Police had arrested climate activist Disha Ravi from Bengaluru for sharing the toolkit. She was among those who edited the “toolkit Google doc” and “key conspirator” in the document’s formulation and dissemination.

On 14 February, police presented Disha Ravi before a Delhi court that remanded her to five days of police custody. Disha Ravi broke down inside the courtroom and told the judge that she had edited only two lines and she wanted to support the farmers’ protest.

Police alleged that Ravi and others “collaborated with pro-khalistani Poetic Justice Foundation to spread disaffection against the Indian State.”

“She was the one who shared the toolkit doc with Greta Thunberg,” Delhi Police claimed in a tweet.

Ravi was picked up from her house for questioning and later arrested. This was the first in connection with case.

In the toolkit, various urgent actions, including creating a Twitter storm and protesting outside Indian embassies, were listed which were needed to be taken to support the farmers’ protest. The toolkit has been cited by some critics as a “proof” of her conspiracy to fuel protests in India.

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