Indian SC grants bail to journalist Mohammad Zubair but detention to continue : India’s highest court granted bail on Friday to Muslim Journalist Mohammad Zubair, who was accused of slandering Hindu spiritual leaders via Twitter following his arrest in the last month caused concern about the freedom of media.
However, Zubair was the co-founder of an online platform for fact-checking called Alt News and tweets regularly about the rising marginalisation by India’s Muslim minority, is in custody of the police because of a separate complaint in the capital city of New Delhi.
Indian SC grants bail to journalist Mohammad Zubair
A complaint that was filed during June within the Sitapur district in the northwestern State of Uttar Pradesh alleged that Zubair has sparked religious resentment by referring to an entire section comprising Hindu religions as “hate mongers”, according to a court filing.
The decision regarding the Sitapur complaint the two-judge court in the Supreme Court granted Zubair five days of interim bail. They also ordered him to stop from tweeting or tampering with all electronic proof.
In the words of The Print the journalist was nominated in two separate instances, that were registered through police from the UP police as well as Delhi police respectively. The 5-day temporary bail only granted for the first.
Delhi police been able to arrest Zubair in the month of June, after they accused him of slandering religious beliefs on Twitter.
In addition, the FIR issued in The UP Police was in response to a report made by Bhagwan Sharan who identified his self as the district chief of the Rashtriya Hindu Sher Sena the Wire stated.
According to the newspaper, an UP court had placed Zubair on a 14-day judicial remand. The court had also denied the journalist’s bail application and put him in custody from July 8 until 14.
Then, Zubair had approached the Supreme Court to quash the FIR filed by the UP Police on the 7th of July (yesterday).
His lawyer advocate Colin Gonsalves, told the court today “A person who made hate speech has been granted bail but secular tweeter who exposed the venomous language has been jailed.”
The issue will now be considered by the regular court, The Wire said.
Zubair played a part in bringing attention to the insulting remarks regarding Muhammad, the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) recently made by Nupur Sharma, who is a representative of Indian Premier Narendra Modi’s government Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which triggered widespread protests across all over the Islamic world.
Amnesty International had earlier declared that India had been “targeting” Zubair for his “crucial work” combating disinformation and exposing discrimination against minorities.
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