New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday remanded Mohammed Zubair, co-founder of fact checking site Alt News, to four days in police custody. He was arrested yesterday by the Delhi Police over a 2018 Twitter post for allegedly hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity.
Alt News co-founder Pratik Sinha alleged that Zubair was arrested in a case for which no notice was given by the police, which is mandatory under law for the sections under which he has been held.
Opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government over the arrest.
Zubair was booked under sections 153A (promotion of enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), Delhi Police said.
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According to police, a complaint was received against the co-founder through Twitter regarding a tweet by Zubair. He was called for questioning today after which the IFSO unit of the Delhi Police Special Cell arrested Zubair, police said.
The police alleged Zubair was evasive on the questions and neither provided the necessary technical equipment for the purpose of the investigation nor cooperated in the investigation.
Reportedly, the social media post by Zubair hurt religious sentiments after a picture (in tweet) showed a signboard of a hotel changed from ‘Honeymoon hotel’ to ‘Hanuman hotel’.