Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair was produced before the court on Saturday by the Delhi Police in a case related to the “objectionable tweet” that he had posted way back in 2018 against Hindu deities. The Delhi Police also asked for 14-day judicial custody of the news founder.
As the custodial interrogation of five days was coming to an end, the Alt News founder was produced before the court.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria was told by the police that Zubair was no more needed for the custodial interrogation. Public prosecutor Atul Srivastava said that the police has invoked new provision under – sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act – against Zubair.
Zubair has moved a bail plea in against the police asking for 14 days of judicial custody. He said that he is no more required for investigation. The court is likely to hear his bail soon.
Zubair’s advocate Vrinda Grover told the court that the phone which was seized by the police does not belong to the time when the tweet was made.
Zubair was earlier booked under sections 153 (for giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of the IPC. Some other sections were later invoked against him under IPC section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs)
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