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Delhi HC grants bail to journalist Zubair in 2018 tweet case

New Delhi: AltNews co-founder Muhammad Zubair being taken to the Patiala House Courts, following his arrest by special cell of Delhi Police on charges of hurting religious sentiments, in New Delhi, Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Delhi High Court on Friday granted bail to fact-checking agency Alt News’ co-founder Mohammad Zubair in connection with the 2018 tweet case. Zubair was arrested a month ago, on June 27.

The bail was granted on a personal bond and surety of Rs 50,000. The court directed the journalist not to leave the country without its permission.

As per the FIR, accused Zubair had used a screengrab of an old Hindi movie which showed an image of a hotel, with its board reading ‘Hanuman hotel’ instead of ‘Honeymoon hotel’.

In his tweet, Zubair had written, “BEFORE 2014: Honeymoon Hotel. After 2014: Hanuman Hotel.”

A magisterial court had on July 2 dismissed his bail plea and sent him to 14-day judicial custody (JC) in the case, citing the nature and gravity of the offences against the accused and observing that the matter was at the initial stage of the investigation.