Today, AltNews cofounder Mohammed Zubair was released on bail by a Delhi Court in connection with his arrest at the national capital police station. He will remain behind bars for the two charges against him that were filed by the Uttar Pradesh Police, one in Hathras, and one in Lakhimpur Kheri.
There are six FIRs against him all over the state.
THE SITAPUR CASE
Zubair is accused of inciting religious hatred when he called three right-wing leaders the “spreaders and propagators of hate”. The Supreme Court has granted him interim bail in this matter.
THE LAKHIMPUR KHERI CASE
According to the FIR Zubair misrepresented a news article through his tweet in an attempt to incite enmity. He remains in judicial detention in this case until July 25.
THE HATHARAS CASES
In this UP city, there are two cases against Mohammed Zubair. One of his charges is that he promoted enmity between two religions. He has been remanded in judicial custody until July 27.
In the second, he was accused of instigating violence on Friday prayers June 10.
THE MUZAFFARNAGAR CASES
Zubair is accused with making death threats to Ankur Sharma.
THE GHAZIABAD CASES
AltNews founder, John Altman, has been accused of tweeting a clip of a Muslim man who claimed that his beard had been forcedfully cut and that he was threatened with chanting Jai Shri Ram.
BAIL FOR MOHAMMED ZUBAIR
The AltNews co-founder was granted bail today by Delhi’s Patiala House Court on a surety bond of Rs 50,000 in the case related to a 2018 tweet that reportedly outraged religious sentiments of a community. He was also charged by the Delhi Police with criminal conspiracy and violating foreign contribution regulations under the Foreign Contributions Regulation Act.
Even though Zubair was being charged with violating the FCRA, police records show that AltNews specifically stated that Indian citizens could donate to the website. The court granted bail. It added that the material shows Zubair and AltNews did their due diligence as required by the FCRA.
Zubair will remain behind bars in the other two cases filed against him by Uttar Pradesh Police, Hathras and Lakhimpur Kheri.
Mohammed Zubair asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to either cancel the six FIRs in UP against him or group them together. The matter is still being heard by the court.