The court told Zubair, “We will grant protection for few days on condition that you will not leave jurisdiction of this court and you will not put up more tweets.”
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim bail to Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair. The court said, “Let the matter be posted before a regular bench. We will grant protection for few days on condition that you will not leave jurisdiction of this court and you will not put up more tweets. We will grant you interim bail for few days.”
On June 27, the Delhi Police arrested Mohammad Zubair of Alt News on charges of hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity among people. He was arrested by the police under Sections 153/295 of the IPC. Zubair is one of the founders of the fact-checking website Alt News
As per the report, the law enforcement agency had asked him to join investigations against him under Sections 153/295. The police said that it has sufficient evidence against him hence the arrest was made during the course of the investigation.
Delhi Police said that the case was filed on basis of a post on Twitter by handle Hanuman Bhakt (@balajikijaiin) where he showed his anger against another Twitter handle in name of Mohammed Zubair regarding the post “BEFORE 2014: Honeymoon Hotel. After 2014: Hanuman Hotel”.
According to the police, a picture (in tweet) showed a signboard of hotel ‘Honeymoon Hotel (in Hindi)’ changed to ‘Hanuman Hotel (in Hindi)’. Hanuman Bhakt tweeted, “Linking our God Haunman ji with honeymoon is a direct insult of Hindus because he is brahmchari. Kindly take action against this guy.”
Alt News co-founder Pratik Sinha, in a tweet, had said, “After the medical examination, Zubair is being taken to an undisclosed location. Neither Zubair’s lawyers or I are being told where. We are in the police van with him. No police person is wearing any name tag.”