Alt News Co-Founder Zubair Moves SC for Bail, Cites Death Threats

Story Highlights
  • Mohd Zubair moves SC seeking bail.
  • Cites death threats as a reason to seek bail.
  • The Alt News Co-Founder and journalist was arrested in connection to an objectionable post on Twitter.

New Delhi: Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair has moved the Supreme Court seeking bail in a case against him over an “objectionable” tweet he posted about Hindu seers.

Zubair’s lawyer Colin Gonsalves approached the Apex Court against the Allahabad high court refusing to quash the FIR against him on June 13. Gonsalves said that Zubair faces death threats and there is real concern about his safety.

The apex court on this issue has agreed to hear the bail plea on Friday.

Zubair, on Monday this week was sent for a 14-day judicial custody after his plea seeking bail in connection with the FIRs lodged against him was quashed by the Sitapur court.

An FIR was lodged against Zubair under IPC section 295A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) and section 67 of the IT Act here on a complaint by Hindu Sher Sena Sitapur district president Bhagwan Sharan on June 1. Following which he was arrested on June 17 by the Delhi police, that invoked new provisions — sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act — against Zubair.

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