NEW DELHI: Simply talking to people from outside India to “internationalise” a protest can’t be criminalised, climate activist Shantanu Muluk has argued in his anticipatory bail plea to a Delhi court.
Muluk, one of the accused in the toolkit case, said he had no intent — political or religious — other than to express sympathy for the farmers in their campaign to get the new agri-marketing laws repealed. He claimed to have learnt about the toolkit being shared with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg only from others.
The bail plea has been listed for hearing by the court of additional sessions judge Dharmender Rana on Thursday, a day before Muluk’s transit anticipatory bail from Bombay HC is scheduled to lapse.
Denying any association with Khalistani groups, Muluk’s bail plea seeks to highlight there was nothing unlawful in the toolkit. “There may be differing views on ‘internationalising’ a protest, but the same is certainly not illegal,” it says.
Muluk’s bail application states that he along with others helped create a platform displaying information about the farmers’ protest. Members of the group were essentially youths concerned about environmental issues, and “consequently” got interested in the farm protests. “There is not a single instance where any of them suggested anything illegal… The material of their chats… as well as the ‘toolkit’ clearly shows that there is no connection with their support for the farmers’ protests and any violence whatsoever.“