Zubair walks free after SC grants interim bail

One-liner: Twenty-four days after his arrest, Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair walked free from Tihar jail on Wednesday night.

All FIRs lodged in UP: This comes within hours of the SC granting him interim bail in all FIRs lodged in UP for alleged hate speech.

Transfer of cases to Delhi: The court said it finds no reason or justification for the deprivation of his liberty to persist any further, ordered the disbanding of the SIT constituted by UP police and directed the transfer of all UP cases to Delhi.

Can tweet: A bench also refused to restrain Zubair from tweeting in the future as sought by the UP govt, saying can a lawyer be restrained from arguing.

  • The apex court said that essentially, the gravamen (significant part) of allegations against the petitioner pertains to tweets that have been put out by him 

Bail bond: The top court, which did not upload the detailed order on its website, directed that Zubair will be released on interim bail after depositing a bail bond of ₹20,000 with Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Patiala House Court in Delhi.

Flashback: Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police on June 27 for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through one of his tweets.

Source: PTI

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