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Abhijit Iyer Mitra Moves Delhi HC Against Twitter Account Suspension After Tweet on Mohammed Zubair’s Bail Order

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Sakina Tashrifwala

Published on: November 1, 2022 at 19:25 IST

Abhijit Iyer Mitra, a research fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, has petitioned the Delhi High Court to get his Twitter account restored and action taken against the microblogging site for “suspending” his account “without following the procedure established by law.”

Mitra’s access to his Twitter account was suspended in July in connection with a tweet he wrote in response to Alt News Co-Founder Mohd Zubair’s bail order.

Mitra named a journalist who “supplied bail bond” for Zubair at his bail hearing.

Iyer had initially sent out a tweet containing sensitive information.

Following that, he released another tweet in which he stated, “reposting minus the ‘private info.’ I’m sure Twitter will find a way to safeguard its resident in-house extremist and his accomplices.”

According to the lawsuit, Twitter issued him a show cause notice and then “unilaterally” barred him from using the service. In response to his appeal, Twitter confirmed that a breach “did occur” but declined to reverse its decision.

Mitra’s complaint, which is scheduled for a hearing before Justice Mini Pushkarna on Tuesday, seeks the “reinstatement” of his Twitter account.

Mitra has also requested a determination that Twitter’s deletion of the July 23 tweet and “consequent suspension” of his account violated the IT Rules, 2021.

Mitra also wrote in the tweet, “…presiding judges son on NDTV, NDTV editor gives bail bond of “close friend.”

According to Mitra, after contacting Twitter’s appellate authority via its app, his appeal was denied, and he was locked out of his account subject to the deletion of the offending tweet.