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SC grants bail to Zubair, says ‘power of arrest should be used sparingly’

The Supreme Court docket on Wednesday granted interim bail to Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair within the six FIRs registered in opposition to him by the Uttar Pradesh Police.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court docket on Wednesday granted interim bail to Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair within the six FIRs registered in opposition to him by the Uttar Pradesh Police.

A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud stated: “There is no reason for deprivation of liberty of the petitioner…to be released on interim bail in each FIR (UP FIRs)…power of arrest should be used sparingly… “

The bench stated SIT constituted by the Uttar Pradesh authorities, to analyze the UP FIRs, is rendered redundant and is disbanded.

It added that Zubair can transfer the Delhi Excessive Court docket for quashing of the FIRs.

In the course of the listening to, senior advocate Garima Prasad, representing the UP authorities, argued that Zubair will get paid for the tweets and the extra malicious the tweets, the extra cost he will get. The counsel added that Zubair had obtained near Rs 2 crore and he isn’t a journalist. Zubair’s counsel advocate Vrinda Grover referred to as the instances an orchestrated investigation for stifling dissent.

The highest courtroom stated, “No justification to keep him in continued custody and subject him to endless rounds of custody”. It additionally clubbed all of the FIRs in opposition to Zubair, and transferred all instances from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi Police.

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