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Delhi court grants bail to Mohammed Zubair in 2018 tweet case

New Delhi, July 15 (KMS): A Delhi court granted bail, today, to noted Muslim journalist and Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair in connection with the 2018 tweet case, weeks after he was arrested.

The bail has been granted on a personal bond and surety of Rs 50,000. The fact-checker will not be able to leave India without the permission of the court, the verdict said. The court, on Thursday, had reserved the order in the case for today.

Mohammed Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police on 27 June on the charges of hurting the religious sentiments through one of his tweets and was sent to one-day police custody by the trial court on the same day. He was charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Later, Delhi Police invoked more sections of the IPC and a section of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for allegedly receiving foreign donations.

While he had moved a Sessions Court in Delhi for bail in the 2018 tweet case, a court in Hathras city of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday remanded Zubair to judicial custody for 14 days in a case.

Zubair is accused in a total of seven FIRs, of which six are lodged in UP and one in Delhi. He has been in custody in four cases against him in Delhi, Sitapur, Hathras and Lakhimpur Kheri.

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