SC to examine Alt News Founder Zubair’s plea against FIR

New Delhi: Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court’s refusal to quash FIR registered against him for allegedly calling Hindu seers “hatemongers”.

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, representing Zubair, mentioned the matter before a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and J K Maheshwari and sought an urgent hearing on the plea.

Gonsalves said that a look at the FIR shows that there is no crime and there are death threats against his client. He added that they went to the Allahabad High Court, but no relief was granted and the court said it was premature.

“Bail is sought in an emergency. There are death threats on the Internet. If possible, list today at 2 pm…,” said Gonsalves.

Zubair was earlier produced in a court at Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh in a case registered over a tweet that allegedly referred to Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati and two other religious leaders as “hate mongers”.

On June 3, a case was registered against him at the Khairabad police station on a complaint lodged by Hindu Lion Army district president Bhagwan Sharan.

On July 2, a Delhi court rejected the bail plea of Zubair in connection with an ‘objectionable tweet’ allegedly posted against a Hindu deity and granted his 14-day custody as sought by the Delhi Police. He will be next produced before the court on July 16.

The Delhi High Court had earlier issued a notice to the Delhi Police on a plea moved by Zubair challenging the Patiala House Court’s order allowing his police custody and seizure of his laptop in connection with the alleged objectionable tweet.

TV anchor urges SC to take up plea against multiple FIRs

New Delhi: TV anchor Rohit Ranjan’s counsel sought hearing on his client’s plea against multiple FIRs registered against him over an alleged doctored video of Rahul Gandhi’s speech.

Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, representing Ranjan, mentioned the matter before a vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and J K Maheshwari.

The plea filed under Article 32 of the Constitution sought to quash FIRs in connection with the telecast, and in the alternative, clubbing the multiple FIRs filed with the first FIR and also urged the court to provide protection against coercive measures.

The plea said that multiple FIRs arising out of the same cause of action were not permissible under law. Ranjan was seen anchoring with a ‘doctored’ video clip of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in which the latter was heard calling the Udaipur attackers ‘children’, justifying the heinous killing of tailor Kanhaiya Lal last week.

However, the original video had Rahul Gandhi’s comments on the SFI attack at his Wayanad office, which was “deliberately and mischievously” doctored to make it appear as if it was a comment on the heinous murder of Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur.

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