Goa based environmental activist Subham Kar Chaudhuri
on Tuesday, March 09, 2021 has moved Patiala House Court in New Delhi
for grant of anticipatory bail on the expiry of his transit anticipatory bail granted to him by the Bombay High Court. Chaudhuri, member of the organization "extinction rebellion" is apprehending arrest in connection with the Greta Thunberg endorsed Toolkit in support of farmer’s protests.
The High Court had granted protection to Chaudhuri for a period of 10 days, starting from 3rd March to 12th March 2021, enabling him to approach the competent court for seeking appropriate relief. The matter will be heard on 12th March 2021 by Additional Sessions Judge, Dharmender Rana. Chaudhuri’s FIR has been registered by Delhi Police's Cyber Cell under sec. 124A, 153A and 120B of Indian Penal Code. Chaudhuri however contests that he was falsely implicated and arrested in the case and that has no connection whatsoever with the online toolkit.
The bench in its ruling ordered, "The apprehension of arrest is made out by the applicant. The reasons for apprehension of arrest is justified in the facts and circumstances set out. Admittedly, FIR is lodged at New Delhi and any regular application for anticipatory bail under sec. 438 of CrPC would be considered by the competent court at Delhi. Therefore, the applicant is entitled for protection by way of granting transit bail to approach the competent authority for seeking appropriate reliefs."