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Chhattisgarh HC Grants Altnews Co-founder Muhammed Zubair Relief in FIR Alleging Harassment of Minor Via Twitter [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 8 Oct 2020 10:18pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Chhattisgarh HC Grants Altnews Co-founder Muhammed Zubair Relief in FIR Alleging Harassment of Minor Via Twitter [READ ORDER]

On Monday. i.e. October 5th, 2020, the Chhattisgarh High Court passed an interim order which directed that coercive steps cannot be taken against the co-founder of Altnews, Muhammed Zubair. He was involved in a case for allegedly harassing and torturing a minor girl through twitter. Zubair approached the Chhattisgarh High Court with a petition to quash the FIR that was lodged against him in Raipur. 

The FIR held Zubair guilty under provisions of the Information Technology Act,2000; the Indian Penal Code,1860, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act,2012

Hon’ble Justice Sanjay K Agrawal, the bench presiding over this particular case stated, “it is directed that no coercive steps shall be taken against the petitioner till the next date of hearing.”

The next date of hearing for the matter was fixed on November 5th, 2020.

Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves, counsel for Zubair stated that the allegations that were made in the FIR filed in Raipur were similar to the FIR in Delhi. Thus, a second FIR violated the judgment of the SC in the Arnab Goswami Case. The Delhi HC has also issued a notice to quash the Delhi FIR, giving Zubair interim protection.

The order of Justice Agrawal read, “taking into consideration that with the similar allegation, one FIR has already been filed against the petitioner in Delhi and the writ petition (criminal) arising out of that FIR is pending before the Delhi High Court wherein notices have been issued and the Delhi High Court has… Continue Reading...

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