A Delhi courtroom immediately despatched journalist Mohammed Zubair to 4 extra days of police custody in a case over a tweet from 2018 that allegedly harm spiritual sentiments. Whereas Mr Zubair’s lawyer argued that he’s being focused for being a Muslim and a journalist, police stated they wanted to interrogate him additional over different such tweets too.
Mr Zubair’s authorized staff stated they’ll problem the order of the chief metropolitan Justice of the Peace in a periods courtroom tomorrow.
A co-founder of the fact-checking web site Alt Information, Mr Zubair was arrested yesterday and despatched to a day’s police remand. The police immediately sought 5 extra days.
Throughout the listening to, Mr Zubair’s lawyer stated the case is “absurd” as his tweet of March 2018 is merely a picture from a 1983 film cleared by the censor board. “Many have tweeted the identical, the one distinction between these handles and mine is my religion, my title and my career,” she stated.
The picture in his tweet is from Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Kissi Se Na Kehna’. It exhibits a signboard that reads ‘Hanuman Resort’ in Hindi, however paint marks recommend it was earlier known as ‘Honeymoon Resort’. Mr Zubair wrote with the screenshot, “Earlier than 2014: Honeymoon Resort, After 2014: Hanuman Resort”, in an obvious dig on the BJP coming to energy in 2014.
Mr Zubair’s lawyer, Vrinda Grover, contested the police’sthat Mr Zubair had edited the picture. “It is a joke on honeymooners… My shopper is being focused for his work. He could also be difficult people who find themselves highly effective however that may’t be a cause for his harassment,” she stated.
Delhi Police, nonetheless, stated Mr Zubair is a fact-checker “just for reputation”. Alleging a “persevering with offence”, the police’s lawyer referred to a different tweet, through which Mr Zubair had written, “Pray to Hanuman, monkeys won’t disturb you.” His lawyer stated Mr Zubair was merely reiterating an announcement by a chief minister (Yogi Adityanath of Uttar Pradesh).
Mr Zubair;s arrest got here simply days after he flagged a video of since-suspended BJP chief TV present. He had been known as for questioning in a 2020 case, through which the Delhi Excessive Court docket had already granted him safety in opposition to arrest. However he was arrested on this case, based mostly on a criticism by a police officer. The officer’s criticism stated he observed a publish by the Twitter deal with ‘@balajikijaiin’ earlier this month objecting to Mr Zubair’s 2018 tweet.remarks in opposition to Prophet Mohammed on a