Fact-checker Mohammed Zubair granted bail by Delhi police, but remains in jail

Mohammed Zubair will remain in prison for two cases filed in Uttar Pradesh. (File photo)

New Delhi:

Fact-checker Mohammed Zubair, who has been bombarded with FIR over the past few weeks, was released on bail in another case today but will remain in jail for two other cases.

Mohammed Zubair has been released on bail in the case filed by Delhi police over a 2018 tweet, for which he was arrested last month.

He will remain in prison for two cases filed in Uttar Pradesh.

The co-founder of fact-checking website Alt News has asked the Supreme Court to overturn six cases brought against him by Uttar Pradesh police.

He also called for the special investigation team formed to investigate the cases to be cancelled.

Mohammed Zubair was arrested on June 27 by Delhi police for his four-year-old tweet sharing a screenshot of a popular Hindi movie.

He was charged and arrested just days after posting a video of suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s provocative comments about the Prophet Muhammad during a televised debate.

While he was asking for bail, several cases were filed at UP.

Three cases have been filed in Lakhimpur Kheri, Hathras and Sitapur following a tweet in which he called some right-wing leaders “hatemongers”.

In Lakhimpur, an employee of Sudarshan News filed a complaint accusing Mr Zubair of misleading people about his channel’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.

At a hearing on Tuesday, Zubair had asked the Supreme Court to grant him bail and alleged he was receiving death threats. Judges DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna gave the UP government four weeks to respond to Mr Zubair’s appeal.

That day, the Uttar Pradesh police formed a special investigation team to investigate several cases against him.

Virginia C. Taylor