Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair was sent to 14-day judicial custody by a local court in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.
Zubair was booked under section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race etc.), 295A (deliberate and malicious act, with intent to outrage religious feelings of any class) against him. was introduced in. Section 67 of the Indian Penal Code (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act (speech, words etc. with intent to hurt the religious feelings of any person).
The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Hathras had recently issued a B warrant against the fact-checker.
The Uttar Pradesh government has constituted a two-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by IG Dr Preetinder Singh to probe six cases registered against Zubair in Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar and Hathras.
A Delhi court will today hear a bail plea in a case related to “objectionable tweets” posted by Zubair against a Hindu deity in 2018.
On Tuesday, Additional Sessions Judge Devendra Kumar Jangla adjourned the hearing after the prosecution sought time for detailed arguments in the matter.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had extended the interim bail of Zubair till further orders in a case registered against Zubair in Sitapur district for hurting religious sentiments.
The FIR was registered on June 1 on a complaint filed by Hindu Sher Sena district president Bhagwan Sharan for a tweet by Zubair in which he called three Hindu saints – Yeti Narasimhanand Saraswati, Bajrang Muni and Anand Swaroop – “spreaders of hatred”. was.