Mohammed Zubair, the co-founder of fact-checking website Alt News, was brought to Bengaluru. Delhi police brought him as part of their investigation into a 2018 tweet. Zubair landed at the Kempegowda International Airport at 11.30 am. He was then taken to his residence. It took the police personnel some time to open the first-floor house. In particular, the Delhi police are looking for a laptop or mobile phone. Zubair used to post the tweet that has formed the basis for the present case against him. A court in Delhi remanded him in four days’ police custody for the recovery of the laptop/mobile phone. The remand ends on July 2.
In the said tweet, Zubair had posted the screenshot of a still from the 1983 Hindi film Kissi Se Na Kehna. A Twitter user filed a police complaint about the post, alleging that it hurt his religious sentiments. Zubair, a computer science engineer by training, founded Alt News with Pratik Sinha. He studied at an engineering college in Bengaluru. Zubair came to the limelight after highlighting the controversial remark made by BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. That almost led to a diplomatic crisis between India and many Muslim-majority countries. The Solicitor General submitted that the FIR is only the initiation of proceedings. The investigating authority may receive several other documents or material or evidence. This may show that no offense or very serious offense is made out which might not be in FIR.
Zubair was produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria of the Patiala House Court.
Zubair was produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria of the Patiala House Court. Who sent him to four days of police custody, observing that he had remained non-cooperative and recovery of the devices used for posting the tweet was yet to be made.
Zubair has been arrested under Section 153 and Section 295, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code. The Police had sought 5 days remand. As per Delhi Police, the case has been registered after a complaint was received from a Twitter handle. Wherein it was alleged that Zubair had tweeted a questionable image. With a purpose to deliberately insult the god of a particular religion.”