Alt News’ Mohammed Zubair seeks urgent hearing in SC on plea against FIRs

Bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana takes note of the submissions of Zubair's lawyer Vrinda Grover that the petitioner has been facing a slew of FIRs and his plea needs an urgent hearing

PTIUpdated: Monday, July 18, 2022, 11:39 AM IST
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Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair | Twitter/@zoo_bear

New Delhi: Alt News co-founder Mohd Zubair on Monday sought an urgent listing of his plea in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of FIRs lodged against him in several districts of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly outraging religious feelings.

A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana took note of the submissions of Zubair's lawyer Vrinda Grover that the petitioner, a fact checker and journalist, has been facing a slew of FIRs and his plea needed an urgent hearing.

"List it before Justice DY Chandrachud. You can mention before that bench," said the bench.

The fresh plea of Zubair has also challenged the constitution of a special investigation team (SIT) by the Uttar Pradesh government to investigate the six cases.

The plea said all the six FIRs filed in UP, which have been transferred to the SIT for investigation, are the subject matter of the FIR being probed by the Delhi Police special cell.

Separate FIRs have been lodged against Zubair in Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, and Hathras districts on charges of allegedly hurting religious feelings, making sarcastic remarks on news anchors, disrespecting Hindu gods and inflammatory posts.

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