New Delhi: On Friday, Alt News co-founder and fact-checker Mohammad Zubair has got relief from Delhi’s Patiala House Court. The court has granted him bail on a surety of ₹50,000. They have been banned from going abroad without permission. A case was registered against Zubair for hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity in the society. He had made a tweet in 2018, on which controversy erupted. He will stay in jail for two cases filed in Uttar Pradesh.
Zubair was initially charged under IPC sections 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to hurt the religious sentiments of any class). Later, the Delhi Police added IPC sections 201 (disappearance of evidence), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) to the case registered against Zubair for allegedly receiving foreign donations.
Zubair had moved a Delhi court for bail in the 2018 tweet case. A court in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras on Thursday sent Zubair to judicial custody for 14 days in a case. In this case too, Zubair has been accused of hurting religious sentiments. Seven cases have been registered against Zubair. Of these, six are registered in Uttar Pradesh and one in Delhi.
A magisterial court had on July 2 rejected his bail plea in the case and sent him to 14-day judicial custody (JC). Referring to the nature and gravity of the offenses against the accused, the magistrate court had said that the matter is still in the initial stage of investigation.