“After Delhi HC, Chhattisgarh HC grants AltNews’ Mohammed Zubair interim relief in FIR for allegedly harassing minor online via tweet”

FIRs were registered after Zubair responded to an abusive tweet saying “Does your good granddaughter know about your temporary job of harassing people on social media? I suggest you change your profile picture. “However, Zubair has released a photo of the child in a tweet he posted on August 6.

On September 9, the Delhi High Court granted Zubair temporary protection, before filing the case for the December 8 hearing. Zubair had moved to the Chhattisgarh High Court to dismiss the FIR in Raipur over the tweet. The FIR has discussed the provisions of the Information Technology Act, the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.

The Court noted that the submissions made by Attorney General Colin Gonsalves and Advocate Kishore Narayan who represented Zubair stated the that allegations similar to those made at Raipur FIR were registered with him in Delhi. The second issue, with the same facts, was not accepted in the recent Supreme Court decision in the case of Arnab Goswami, and was similarly sent.

The Supreme Court also ruled that this was a fair trial for the provision of temporary assistance in the favour of the Zubair applicant, because the Delhi High Court had already granted him temporary relief on the application of the same issue, after considering the facts and documents.

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