On Saturday, July 16, 2022, the Mohammadi Sessions Court in Lakhimpur, Uttar Pradesh, denied Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair’s request for bail in the Sudarshan News fact-check case. A hearing on police custody remand will occur on July 20. In a case against him that was brought in September 2021 as a consequence of a lawsuit filed by a journalist working for Sudarshan News over a fact-checking tweet, the Lakhimpur Kheri court questioned Zubair.


Mohammed Zubair was penalised in the case under Section 153A. Mohammed Zubair is also facing further accusations under Sections 153B, 501(1)(B), and 505(2) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).



Zubair was taken into jail by the police on July 11, 2022, for a period of 14 days. Through video conferencing, he was brought before the court today from the Sitapur jail, where he is now being held. The hearing (for the bond) had been planned for July 13, 2022, but it was postponed due to the plaintiff’s opposition to the bail application given in English, according to Mohd Zubair’s attorney, Harjit Singh.


A day ago, the Patiala House Court in Delhi granted him bail in a case involving a purportedly offensive tweet that injured Hindu sentiment. Mohammed Zubair petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday, pleading for the dismissal of six FIRs that had been brought against him in Uttar Pradesh. He appealed the Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, and two Hathras FIRs in his written statement. The Uttar Pradesh Police’s decision to constitute the SIT is also contested in the petition.

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