Mohammed Zubair bail plea: LIVE UPDATES from Supreme Court

The case was registered by the UP police for hurting religious sentiments based on a tweet against Mahant Bajrang Muni, Yati Narsinghanand and Swami Anand Swaroop referring to them as 'hate mongers'.
Mohammad Zubair, Alt News and Supreme Court, Live
Mohammad Zubair, Alt News and Supreme Court, Live

The Supreme Court is hearing a plea by Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair seeking bail in a complaint registered against him by the Uttar Pradesh police (UP Police) in Sitapur in a case of hurting religious sentiments.

A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and JK Maheshwari will hear the petition.

The case against Zubair was registered by the UP police for hurting religious sentiments based on a tweet he had put out 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 class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) and Section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

He had approached the Allahabad High Court to quash the case but the same was turned down.

The Sitapur local court also refused to grant relief to Zubair on Thursday reasoning that there was a possibility of the accused influencing witnesses, or repeating offences. It was noted that the matter was serious in nature and non-bailable.

Read details on Zubair's plea here.

Live updates from the hearing below.

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