The Supreme Court on Tuesday prolonged the five-day interim bail for Alt News co-founder and fact-checker Mohammed Zubair in reference to the Sitapur case till additional orders. A case was registered towards Zubair in Uttar Pradesh’s Sitapur for hurting spiritual sentiments in an previous tweet whereby he had allegedly referred to Hindu spiritual leaders as “hatemongers.” The prime courtroom additional directed the UP authorities to file its response to Zubair’s plea for quashing of the FIR inside 4 weeks. The prime courtroom is slated to listen to the matter on September 7, 2022.
While granting interim bail to the journalist on July 8, the holiday bench of the highest courtroom had requested Zubair to chorus from posting something on-line and tampering with proof.
Extending the bail until additional orders, Justice Chandrachud mentioned, “State seeks time to file a counter-affidavit. Reply to be filed within 4 weeks and rejoinder within 2 weeks thereafter.”
Zubair is presently beneath judicial custody at Delhi’s Tihar jail in reference to an FIR filed towards him by the Delhi police over a 2018 tweet. Adjudicating on the matter earlier immediately, the Delhi courtroom adjourned the bail plea listening to until July 14, regardless of vehement opposition from Zubair’s lawyer Vrinda Grover.
On July 2, the Delhi courtroom had despatched Zubair to 14-day judicial remand after rejecting his bail petition. While bearing in mind the gravity and seriousness of Zubair’s offences, the courtroom noticed that the probe towards him was solely in its preliminary levels.
The courtroom had despatched him to judicial custody after 5 days of police remand.