Zubair, co-founder of Alt News, was sent to judicial custody for 14 days by the Lakhimpur court

Shortly after Mohammad Zubair, the co-founder of the fact-finding website Alt News, received a provisional bail by the Supreme Court for five days in a case registered in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh, Lakhimpur Kheri police had issued an order the same day to another case. In a tweet last year, Zubair had questioned the manipulated image of Madina Masjid shared by Sudarshan TV’s Twitter controller. A Sudarshan TV journalist from Lakhimpur has filed a case against him in this regard.

Mohammad Zubair. (Photo credits: Twitter / @ zoo_bear)

Lakhimpur Kheri: A court in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh has sent the co-founder of the Alt News fact-checking website to 14-day judicial custody in a case registered in 2021 to promote enmity.

Deputy Prosecutor Awadhesh Yadav said on Monday that Mohammad Zubair was brought before the court of the Chief Magistrate in Chief (ACJM) by videoconference and that he has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days from 11 July.

The prosecution had asked for police jail time for 14 days and Zubair’s lawyer filed arguments against it.

Yadav said the court has set July 13 for the Mohammad Zubair police prevention hearing.

Shortly after the Supreme Court granted a provisional bail to Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair in a case registered in Sitapur, Lakhimpur police had issued an order in another case on the same day (July 8).

Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Arun Kumar Singh said the Chief Magistrate Court (ACJM) Mohammadi District of Lakhimpur Kheri District had issued a B order against Mohammad Zubair, which was handed over on Friday by Kheri Police .

Amber Singh, head of the Mohammadi police station, said: “Ashish Katiyar, a journalist for a private news channel, filed a case against Mohammad Zubair by order of the Kheri Court on November 25, 2021.

“In his complaint, Katiyar had accused Zubair of cheating people by tweeting about his channel,” he said.

According to the report, Lakhimpur police had registered an FIR against Mohammad Zubair on September 18, 2021 by order of a court. He was charged under section 153A (fostering enmity between two groups) by a tweet dated May 16, 2021.

In this tweet, Zubair had said that the radical right-wing channel Sudarshan TV used a manipulated image of the famous Medina mosque while reporting on the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip in 2021.

Surprisingly, the complaint on the basis of which the court ordered the UP police to register an FIR against Zubair has been filed by a Sudarshan TV journalist in Lakhimpur, who also called on Twitter as a co-accused in the his complaint.

In his May 16, 2021 tweet, Zubair had posted transformed images of Madina Masjid taken from Sudarshan TV’s Twitter account and asked, “Is this report an attempt to incite violence?”

The frequent misuse of the Al-Masjid an Nabawi mosque in Medina in social media posts by the Hindu right has become a common and habitual practice.

Checking photoshop images of the mosque bombed during Israeli missile attacks in Gaza, Zubair also urged Uttar Pradesh police, Noida police and the UPP DGP to oppose this deliberate attempt to incite to violence.

However, the police did not take any steps. Now almost a year after the incident, the police have issued an order against Zubair in the FIR registered against Zubair in September 2021. This also at a time when he had to go through the Supreme Court in a case registered by the police of Sitapur to call on three Hindutva leaders: Yeti Narasimhanand, Mahant Bajrang Muni and Anand Swaroop, accused in the case of hate speech, as “diffusers”. of hate ‘. On July 8, he secured a five-day bail.

Mohammad Zubair was first arrested by Delhi police on June 27, under section 295 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), a deliberate and malicious act committed to outrage religious sentiments of any kind insulting the their religion or religious beliefs). registered and arrested under the age of 153 (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, caste, place of birth, language, etc.).

On July 2, Delhi police added new charges of criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act to the FIR against Zubair. These complaints open the door for the Directorate of Enforcement (DE) to intervene in the investigation.

Zubair was arrested for a 2018 four-year tweet in which he shared a screenshot of the 1983 film “Kisi Se Na Kehna.”

The FIR registered against Zubair mentioned: “Hanuman Bhakt (@balajikijaiin) was shared by Mohammad Zubair’s Twitter id (@zoo_bear) in which Zubair tweeted a photo, one in which the hotel name was changed on the sign from “Honeymoon Hotel” to “Hanuman Hotel”. Along with the image, Zubair wrote “Honeymoon Hotel before 2014 … Hanuman Hotel after 2014 …”.

According to the Delhi Police FIR in this regard, the Twitter user (@balajikijaiin) wrote in 2018 about a tweet containing screenshots of a film shared by Zubair that “Our Lord Hanuman ji is linked to the honeymoon, which is direct.It is an insult to Hindus because he (Lord Hanuman) is celibate.Please take action against this person.

This Twitter ID was later deleted. This handling has now been re-enabled, but the Zubair-related tweet has been removed.

On July 2, in the same case, Mohammad Zubair was sent to prison for 14 days by the court. After that, Sitapur police had asked for his custody in connection with a case registered with him, after which he was transferred to Sitapur. He has obtained a provisional bail in the same case of the Supreme Court. However, he is still under arrest due to the case registered by the Delhi police and now by the Lakhimpur police.

in the meantime the wire A KK investigation has revealed that the Twitter account that filed the complaint against Zubair in the Delhi police case is associated with the Tech Fog app and a BJYM leader from Gujarat.

Zubair’s arrest is the result of years of a campaign by a network of anonymous and unverified accounts linked to Vikas Ahir, the president of the Hindu state Yuva Vahini in Gujarat and co-convener of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM).

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