February 6, 2023



Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair sent to police custody over tweet

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A Delhi court in a late night hearing on Monday sent Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair to one-day police custody of the Special Cell’s Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO).

The founder of the fact-checking website was produced before the Patiala House Court on allegations of him tweeting a ‘questionable image’ that deliberately insulted religious sentiments.

A case was earlier registered under sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, language etc) and 295A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code against Zubair on Monday.

Mr. Zubair’s followers on social media, the police alleges, had amplified the hate-mongering generated over the tweet, so he was examined under sections 153A/295A of the IPC, where his role was found objectionable.

‘He was evasive on the questions and neither provided the necessary technical equipment for the purpose of the investigation nor cooperated in the investigation,’ police told news media.

The police also stated that the conduct of Mohammed Zubair was found ‘questionable’, which warranted his custodial interrogation.

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