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What Supreme Court said in its order while granting bail to Alt News Co-founder Zubair

The top court said that passing an order restricting Zubair from posting on social media would amount to an unjustified violation of freedom of speech and expression.

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New Delhi: After spending 23 days in prison for a tweet he posted in 2018, fact-checker and Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair was granted bail by the Supreme Court in each of the eight criminal cases registered against him by the Uttar Pradesh Police in different districts.

The Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, in its order stated that Zubair “must be released on interim bail in each of the FIRs which forms the subject matter of these proceedings, under Article 32 of the Constitution”.

The top court decision came after three lower courts had denied the fact-checker bail on three occasions.

“We also order and direct that the petitioner shall be entitled to the protective order of interim bail which has been granted by this Court not only in respect of the FIRs which have already been registered, but also in respect of the FIRs which will hereafter be registered on the same subject matter in regard to the tweets which have been put out by him.,” the apex court said in its order, released Monday.

Read the full text of the order here: 

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