Scribe Mohammed Zubair's lawyer says shocked over leak of bail order before pronouncement, terms it scandalous

According to a senior police official who did not wish to be identified, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria allowed its plea for 14-day remand.

Published: 02nd July 2022 03:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd July 2022 06:54 PM   |  A+A-

AltNews co-founder Muhammad Zubair being taken to the Patiala House Courts, following his arrest by special cell of Delhi Police. (Photo | PTI)


NEW DELHI: The lawyer of Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair on Saturday expressed shock over a Delhi Police official "leaking" news to the media that the jailed accused in a case related to an "objectionable tweet" against a Hindu deity was denied bail and his judicial custody extended.

The controversy started when news of the rejection of the bail plea of fact-checker Zubair was being run, quoting the police as the source when the court was yet to pronounce its order for the plea.

"I am shocked to see that DCP KPS Malhotra has leaked in the media 'ki hamara bail reject ho gaya hai. Aur 14 din ka JC grant hui hai (that the bail plea has been rejected and judicial custody has been extended by 14 days). I have learnt this from the Twitter posts of news channels and some law reporters. They all are citing KPS Malhotra as source," lawyer Soutik Banerjee said outside the courtroom here.

"It is extremely scandalous and it speaks of the status of rule of law in our country today. That even before the judicial magistrate has sat and pronounced the order, the police have leaked the order to the media. How KPS Malhotra knows what the order is. This calls for serious, serious introspection," the lawyer said.

When some media persons asked about the timing of the bail order, Banerjee said, "The order is expected when the judge sits."

The Delhi Police official earlier said the bail plea of Zubair has been dismissed and he has been sent to 14-day judicial custody in the case related to the "objectionable tweet".

The police produced Zubair before the court on the expiry of his five-day custodial interrogation and urged it to send him to judicial remand, saying they might need his custodial interrogation later.

After the police application, Zubair moved a bail application before the court.


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  • m.narasimhan

    dear sir.over sensitiveness due to crimes of all kinds which people see in daily news are obstructing attracts the mind that makes restless in life the journalist is more familiar with the subject that others a loyal subject may speak of sovereign whom he has never seen that reverse from distant years as prophet of mohamed is high but abhorrence other castes or hate of others is not acceptable and as a journalist fails in duty to clear concept the effect of infects and injuries may get him to punishment and in human cell physiology body each cell has an optimum a point of full life with minimum on one side and maximum on the other when the vibrations are too high if seen the tailors death or heard the story how they brought dead they not wept nor uttered cry as elders donot but placed hinduism a shawl upon his body while now summer showers came their tears to make live hinduism that cannot be crushed will live for many more years.
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