Alt News co-founder Mohd Zubair’s lawyer, Soutik Banerjee, dismissed media reports that his client’s bail had been refused even before the court issued its order. He says ‘bail denied order leaked’, adds ‘judge hasn’t come yet’
Lawyer Soutik Banerjee, Zubair’s lawyer, denies the news that the Court has denied him bail. He says: “It is extremely scandalous and says a lot about the rule of law in the country that even before the judge has sat down, the police have leaked it to the media.”
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria is likely to pass an order on both requests later in the day. Meanwhile, in a mix-up, the police had reported that the court had sent Zubair to 14 days in judicial custody.
However, after Zubair’s lawyer challenged the report, DCP K P S Malhotra clarified: “I had a word with my IO, misheard due to noise and inadvertently the message was posted on the broadcast.”
Earlier, News agency ANI reported that the court rejected the bail declaration and sent Zubair to 14 days in judicial custody. Zubair was produced before the court after his 4-day police remand came to an end today. The Delhi Police had sought his judicial custody.
Presenting the argument in court, lawyer Vrinda Grover, representing Mohd Zubair, said: “The aforementioned tweet was from Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s movie ‘Kissi Se Na Kehna’, it is a lovely comedy and the censorship board allowed it. … They say that the tweet is provocative and sensitive, but there are still no instructions from Twitter to remove it.
“The lawyer argued that formatting the phone is not illegal.
“I wasn’t aware of the FIR and the phone wasn’t called… It’s not illegal to format my phone. It’s not guns and ammo, not a drug… It’s not illegal to format my phone… I take it seriously objections legal and constitutional,” Grover said.
Delhi Police have added three new Sections – 201 (for the destruction of evidence – formatted phone and deleted tweets), 120-(B) (for criminal conspiracy) of IPC and 35 of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, in the matter.
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