New Delhi: Leftist propaganda website Alt News’s co-founder and alleged fake news peddler Mohammed Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police today on charges of ‘promoting enmity’.
According to a tweet posted by fellow Alt News co-founder Pratik Sinha, Mohammed Zubair had been arrested at around 6:45 pm after being summoned by the Special Cell for investigation in a 2020 case.
Police said Zubair was arrested “after having sufficient evidence on record”. He is being produced before the duty magistrate for seeking further PC remand, the police added.
According to reports, Zubair has been charged under sections 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot—if rioting be committed—if not committed) 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.
“Zubair was called today by special cell, Delhi for investigation in a 2020 case for which he already had a protection against arrest from High Court. However, today at around 6.45pm we were told he has been arrested in some other FIR for which no notice was given which is mandatory under law for the Sections under which he has been arrested. Nor FIR copy is being given to us despite repeated requests,” Sinha alleged in a tweet.
On May 27, Islamist Zubair shared a video clip of Sharma’s TV debate on Twitter with a twisted comment. Getting a cue, Islamists jumped on Sharma’s Twitter timeline with multiple death and rape threats. She shared a few screenshots from her DM (messaging service of Twitter) also where she had received rape and death threats.
The Allahabad High Court dismissed the plea by the Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair challenging the FIR lodged against him for a tweet earlier this month. In his tweet, Zubair called 3 Hindu saints, Yati Narasimhanand Saraswati, Bajrang Muni and Anand Swaroop, ‘HateMongers’. Earlier this month, Zubair was booked by the Uttar Pradesh Police under Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000.