Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of Alt News, has been granted bail by the Delhi Court in the Delhi FIR (2018 Tweet case).
Zubair was given relief by Additional Sessions Judge Devender Kumar Jangala in exchange for a 50,000 bail bond and one surety in the same amount, with the condition that he not leave the country without first getting permission from the government.
Due to the nature and seriousness of the charges against the accused, as well as the fact that the case was still in the early stages of inquiry, a magistrate's court had on July 2 rejected the accused's request for bail and sentenced him to 14 days of judicial detention (JC).
On July 14, Mohammed Zubair submitted a petition to the Supreme Court demanding that the six FIRs against him that had been lodged in various districts of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly injuring religious sentiments be dismissed. In each of the cases, he additionally asked for temporary bail. Zubair was being kept in judicial custody by a court in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, for 14 days when the journalist took action.
Zubair was taken by a Delhi Police escort from Tihar jail to the Hathras court before being brought back following the court proceedings. In connection with an alleged inappropriate tweet he reportedly sent in 2018 against a Hindu god, Zubair is currently being held in judicial custody in Delhi. His counsel Umang Rawat claims that because the incident happened four years ago, the journalist's imprisonment was "malafide" and carried out under "political pressure."