Mohammad Zubair Gets Bail: Mohammad Zubair, who is facing multiple FIRs for spreading communal hatred, got a big relief from the Supreme Court today. Court has granted interim bail to Zubair in all the FIRs registered in UP. The court has transferred all the cases of UP to the Special Cell of Delhi Police. A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and AS Bopanna also said that no fresh FIR registered on Zubair’s previous tweets will lead to his arrest.
Zubair, the co-founder of the website Alt News, has got relief in the cases registered in Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Hathras, Sitapur, Lakhimpur and Chandauli. The court has ordered bail on a personal bond of Rs 20,000. The Supreme Court said that the bail bond should be filled in Delhi’s Patiala House Court. Zubair, who is lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail, should be released before 6 pm today.
What did the lawyer of the UP government say during the debate?
During the hearing, UP government’s lawyer Garima Prasad strongly opposed Zubair’s demand to quash the FIR. He said, “Zubair is not a journalist. Calls himself a fact checker. He intentionally tweets hate material. He used to get paid for poisonous tweets. He himself has admitted that he has received up to Rs 2 crore. The beating of an elderly man in a dispute in K Loni was given a communal color. Despite police action on Bajrang Muni in Sitapur, his video went viral on social media.
What order did the court give?
At the end of the hearing, the judges said that in one case, Zubair Bell was received from the Supreme Court on July 8. In another case, he got bail from Delhi’s Patiala House Court. Still he is in jail due to many cases. Cannot be kept in custody indefinitely. The cases registered in Delhi are similar to the cases registered in UP. The cases of UP have also been transferred to the Special Cell of Delhi Police. We are not quashing any FIR from our side. If the petitioner wishes, he can file a petition to quash the FIR in the Delhi High Court.
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