Journalist Mohammed Zubair Of AltNews Arrested

OB Bureau

New Delhi: Journalist Mohammed Zubair, one of the founders of fact-checking website AltNews, was arrested by the Delhi Police on Monday.

He is accused of hurting religious sentiments and promoting enmity, under Sections 153 and 295A of Indian Penal Code, NDTV reported.

According to AltNews co-founder Pratik Sinha, Mohammed Zubair was called to Delhi for questioning in a 2020 case for which he already had protection against arrest from High Court.

“However, today at around 6.45 pm 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,” quoted Sinha as saying. “No FIR copy is being given to us despite repeated requests.”

The journalist’s arrest comes five days after microblogging site Twitter received a request from the Union government claiming that his account violated Indian laws.

OB Bureau

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