Fact-checker Mohammed Zubair has been granted provisional bail by the High Court in the UP hate speech case, remains in Delhi police custody.
The high court also issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh police about Zubair’s guilty plea to contest the Allahabad High Court order against him. The Allahabad HC had issued an order refusing to annul the FIR against him for a tweet in which he allegedly called Hindu seers “hate mongers”.
The case against Zubair was registered by the UP police for hurting religious sentiments based on a tweet he had posted against Mahant Bajrang Muni, Yati Narsinghanand and Swami Anand Swaroop, referring to them as “hate mongers”.
Zubair was booked under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any kind by insulting his religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 67 (posting or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act of 2000.
Earlier this month an FIR was registered against him under IPC Section 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups) and 295-A (malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings).
The Sitapur local court also refused to grant relief to Zubair on Thursday on the grounds that there was a possibility that the accused would influence witnesses or repeat the offences. It was noted that the matter was of a serious nature and not subject to bail.
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