Supreme Court grants interim bail to Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair [8.7.22]

Citing death threats, Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of fact-checker website Alt News, approached the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking quashing of the FIR and grant of bail “urgently” in a case filed against him in UP’s Sitapur over a tweet that allegedly referred to some religious leaders as “hate mongers”. Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves mentioned the bail plea before a bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and J K Maheshwari and sought urgent listing on Thursday afternoon. After the bench pointed out that it has to be assigned by the Chief Justice of India, the counsel requested that it be listed on Friday. The court agreed to do so, “subject to assignment”.

Mr Zubair had challenged the Allahabad High Court order refusing to quash FIR registered for a tweet in which he allegedly called three Hindu seers- as "hate mongers".

Mentioning the matter for urgent hearing, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for Zubair, had told the bench that there is a serious threat to his life.

Supreme Court : The petitioner shall be granted interim bail for a period of five days with the conditions that the petitioner shall not put out tweets and he shall not leave Delhi


08 Jul 2022