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Interim protection to Mohammad Zubair in Sitapur FIR to continue: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered that the interim protection granted to Alt News co-founder and prominent Muslim journalist Mohammed Zubair by the apex court in the case registered against him by Uttar Pradesh Police will continue until further orders.

“State seeks time to file a counter affidavit. Reply to be filed within 4 weeks and rejoinder within 2 weeks thereafter. Interim bail in Sitapur FIR case shall continue till further orders. List for final disposal on September 7, 2022,” read the order by a bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna.

The vacation bench of Supreme Court led by Justice Indira Banerjee had earlier granted Zubair an interim bail for 5 days in the case.

The top court was hearing a plea by Zubair seeking quashing of the first information report (FIR) registered against him by the UP Police in Sitapur.

The case against Zubair was registered by the UP police for “hurting religious sentiments” based on a tweet he had put out against hate-mothers Mahant Bajrang Muni, Yati Narsinghanand and Swami Anand Swaroop referring to them as “hate mongers.”

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