SC extends interim bail granted to Zubair

The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended the 5 days’ interim bail granted to Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair in the case registered against him by Uttar Pradesh Police in Sitapur till further orders.

The top Court listed Zubair’s plea for a hearing on September 7.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna was told by Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, appearing for the state government, that they wanted to file a counter affidavit to Zubair’s plea seeking quashing of the FIR lodged in the case.

The bench then listed the plea for final hearing on September 7 and asked the Uttar Pradesh government to file its response in four weeks.

On July 8, a vacation bench of the top court had granted five-day interim bail to Zubair in the case.

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, representing Zubair, told the bench that his interim bail was only for five days and is expiring today.

To this, the bench said that it will continue the interim bail of Zubair.

“State seeks time to file a counter-affidavit. Reply to be filed within 4 weeks and rejoinder within 2 weeks thereafter. Interim bail in the Sitapur FIR case shall continue. List for final disposal on September 7, 2022,” the bench stated in its order.

(Inputs from ANI and PTI)

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