The Delhi police flew Muhammad Zubair, the co-founder of the fact-checking website AltNews, to Bengaluru as part of their inquiry.
The Delhi police flew Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of the fact-checking website AltNews, to Bengaluru as part of the investigation.
The phone/laptop that the AltNews co-founder had used to post the “objectionable tweet” from 2018 that served as the foundation for the current case against him was searched when Zubair was taken to his home by the police in the Karnataka state capital, sources told Republic.
On June 20, a case was filed against Zubair under Indian Penal Code sections 295A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) and 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, language, etc). (IPC).
4-day detention for AltNews co-founder by the police
The co-founder of AltNews was detained on June 27. He was brought before a Delhi Magistrate Court and given a 4-day police remand. Senior Lawyer Vrinda Grover represented Zubair before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria of the Patiala House Court.
Grover claimed that the claim that the co-founder of AltNews or anyone else altered the image in question was unfounded.
Grover asserted that the image was taken from the Bollywood film “Kisi Se Na Kehna,” narrating the specific scene in which a hotel with the name “Honeymoon Hotel” changes its name to “Hanuman Hotel.”
The prosecutor declared, “There is a trend on Twitter where people make offensive comments about any religion or group of people in order to gain more followers.
It is Zubair’s responsibility to only make controversial claims. He added four more tweets with edited versions of the Mahabharata.
We must retrieve the laptops and equipment where it was posted. Therefore, police remand is necessary.
The co-founder of Alt News has since filed a High Court petition. Before Justice Sanjeev Narula agreed to set the case for June 31, Advocate Vrinda Grover mentioned the petition challenging the Magistrate Court’s order granting Delhi Police four days of custody.