Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair posted his first tweet on Thursday after being granted bail by the Supreme Court in six cases filed against him in Uttar Pradesh for allegedly hurting religious feelings with posts on Twitter on July 20 and thanked his supporters for supporting him. for the past month.
He began his tweet with the poem by Urdu dean Rahat Indori, saying, “Jo aaj sahib-e-masnand hai kal nahi hoge! which basically means that those in power today will not be there tomorrow.
“Thank you all, I am humbled and grateful for the incredible support I have received over the past month from well wishers in India and around the world. Your support has given me and my family a lot of strength. family,” he tweeted.
Zubair was arrested by Delhi police on June 27 for allegedly hurting religious feelings with one of his tweets posted in 2018 against a Hindu deity.
Zubair has been detained by the police and court following half a dozen FIRs filed against him in different parts of Uttar Pradesh for posting tweets that allegedly hurt religious feelings. The UP State Police had also set up a special investigative team to investigate the allegations.
A bench of SC DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and AS Bopanna judges had ordered the dissolution of the SIT and the transfer of all cases to Delhi, saying there was “no reason or justification for the deprivation of his liberty ( of Zubair) persists further.”
The SC bench also refused to stop Zubair from tweeting in the future, as the UP government wanted.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted Delhi police time to respond to Zubair’s plea against his arrest and search and seizure exercise in a case related to the alleged objectionable tweet.
Barrister Vrinda Grover, representing the petitioner, told the High Court that the magistrates’ court granted him bail earlier this month, but urged the bench to grant him the relief sought in the petition.
The case will be heard on September 15.
On July 1, the court had issued a notice of Zubair’s motion and granted the investigative agency two weeks to file its plea answer which challenges the legality and correctness of the trial court’s order. of June 28 granting custody of the founder of the fact-checking website to the police. for four days.
Earlier in June, a case was filed against Zubair under Sections 153A (promotion of enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, birthplace, language, etc.) and 295A (act willful and malicious intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
(With agency contributions)