NEW DELHI – An Uttar Pradesh court on Saturday rejected the bail petition of Alt News co-founder and journalist Mohammad Zubair in connection with an FIR lodged against him in 2021 for a fack-check tweet.
The bail application was moved before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Mohamaddi on July 11 after the court sent Zubair to a 14-day judicial custody in the case.
“After hearing the arguments by the prosecution and the defense counsel, ACJM Ruchi Srivastava rejected Mohd. Zubair’s bail plea,” Senior Prosecuting Officer (SPO) SP Yadav told PTI.
The Lakhimpur Kheri police had served a warrant on Zubair to appear in court in connection with the FIR. A complaint was filed by a person associating with a Sudarshan News channel for a fact-check tweet. The complainant had reportedly accused Zubair of misleading people “through his tweet about his channel”.
Mohammadi police station incharge Ambar Singh had said that the case against Zubair was lodged on November 25 last year by Ashish Katiyar, a reporter for a private news channel.
“In his complaint, Katiyar had accused Zubair of misleading people through his tweet about his channel,” he said.