Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Scholar Abhijit Iyer Mitra moves Delhi High Court against suspension of Twitter account after tweeting news of Supreme Court granting bail to Zubair from Alt News

Famous scholar and journalist Abhijit Iyer Mitra has approached the Delhi High Court against the suspension of his Twitter account soon after he had posted a tweet regarding the Supreme Court granting bail to Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair .

In the month of July, when the Supreme Court had granted bail to Zubair, Mitra had put out a tweet stating that the son of a sitting judge of the Apex Court had participated in debates on news channel NDTV.

He further alleged that the Editor of the same news channel had later furnished the bail bond for release of Zubair. The tweet also had some personal information like phone numbers, addresses of the parties in it.

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This was not a single tweet by Mitra. It was followed by another tweet, wherein he removed the personal information, but added that he was sure that Twitter will find some way of protecting its “resident in-house jihadist his aiders abettors.”

Twitter then suspended his account as per the process and it still remains subsequently suspended.

Mitra in his plea has argued that it has come to his knowledge that renowned journalist Sreenivasan Jain from NDTV had stood surety for Zubair in his bail bond.

He has asked for directions to be given to Twitter for reinstating his account and tweet which was deleted.

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He further sought declaration that the deletion of his tweet and suspension of account was in violation of Information Technology Rules, 2021.

Mitra has also sought a direction to the Central government to take action against Twitter for suspending his account without following the procedure established by law.


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