NEW DELHI: Supreme Court on Wednesday released Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair granted temporary bail in all FIRs filed at UP and elsewhere on provision of a personal bond of Rs 20,000, transfer of UP FIRs to Delhi Police special cell for full investigation represented, disbanded the SIT established by UP and refused to put him under house arrest. from tweets.
A bench of Judge DY Chandrachud, Surya Kant and AS Bopanna said that since the content of most of the FIRs in the UP are based on Zubair’s tweets, the fact that the Delhi Police task force is carrying out a thorough investigation into his entire tweets including the alleged foreign sponsorship, and he has been released on bail in the Delhi FIR, it would not be in the interest of justice to keep him embroiled in separate FIRs.
The bench accepted a request by attorney Vrinda Grover to allow Zubair to provide a bail at the Patiala House court in Delhi instead of repeating the performance before the competent courts in UP. Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police on June 27.
To ensure immediate execution, SC ordered the director of Tihar prison in Delhi to release Zubair upon presentation of bail before the Delhi court and set a deadline for his release to be no later than more than 6 pm.
The Board of Directors has also ordered the transfer of existing FIRs, whether filed in the UP or elsewhere, and all future FIRs, if based on the same tweets, that are the subject of existing FIRs. yes, for Delhi Police to investigate. It also states that if Zubair wants to exercise his right to search for FIRs, he does not need Allahabad HC or other HCs and can reach Delhi HC.
Appearing to the UP government, additional pro-additional general Garima Prasad said Zubair had deliberately manipulated his tweets in a way to incite communal passion among Muslims and cause a disruption of harmony. community. She said that Zubair was paid classified depending on the severity of the tweets. “He often posts old videos with inflammatory comments. His tweets were printed and distributed among Muslims on Fridays at mosques leading to community tension,” she said. said and alleged that Zubair confessed to receiving Rs 2 by posting offensive tweets.
After the bench headed by Justice Chandrachud granted Zubair temporary bail, Prasad asked the court to restrict him from posting offensive tweets in the future.
The bench denied the request and said, “How can we restrict a journalist, or anyone for that matter, from tweeting? It’s like asking a lawyer not to argue. If he does, it’s like asking a lawyer not to argue. tweets that break the law, he will be held responsible for it. Every citizen is responsible for what he says in public. We will not put any restrictions on it. We can’t say he won’t retweet,” SC said.
“Basically the charges against the petitioner are tweets posted by him. According to the filing, which shows that the petitioner has been under a very long investigation by the Delhi Police, we have found no reason or justification for the deprivation of liberty of the petitioner to continue to prolong “, bench command.
“The principle of the law is settled that the existence of arresting power shall be distinguished from the exercise of arresting power. The exercise of arresting power must be pursued with caution,” it said. speak.
Zubair was either in police custody or in judicial custody.