NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Thursday granted climate activist
Muluk interim protection from arrest in the farm agitation toolkit case till March 9.
judge Dharmender Rana, who heard Muluk’s anticipatory bail plea, passed the order after
filed a reply mentioning the findings of the investigation so far but sought seven more days to submit a more “detailed and comprehensive” response.
Additional public prosecutor
told the court that Muluk’s initial interrogation revealed several “inconsistencies and contradictions” in his statements. He said the police would need at least a week more to go into the extent of his alleged involvement in fomenting trouble in the name of backing the farmers’ stir.
While adjourning the hearing to March 9, additional sessions judge Rana said no “coercive action” should be taken against
till then. The climate activist’s counsels had urged the judge to order interim protection from arrest till such time his anticipatory bail plea was disposed of.
In his petition, Muluk argues that simply talking to people from outside India to “internationalise” a protest couldn’t be criminalised.
Delhi Police’s reply, however, accuses him of creating and sharing a digital toolkit on the farm agitation with the primary objective of “exciting disaffection against the government of India”.