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Delhi court rejects Zubair’s bail plea, sends him to 14-day judicial custody

A Delhi court on Saturday dismissed the bail plea of Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair and sent him to 14-day judicial custody in a case related an “objectionable tweet” he had posted in 2018 against a Hindu deity.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria allowed the police plea, which said further investigation was on.
The police had produced Zubair before the court on expiry of his five-day custodial interrogation and urged it to send him to judicial remand, saying they might need his custodial interrogation later.
After the police application, Zubair had moved a bail application before the court.

Delhi Police invokes additional charges against Zubair

New Delhi, Jul 2 (IANS): Delhi Police has invoked additional charges against Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair, who is facing a trial in Patiala House Court on Saturday, in connection with a 2018 contentious tweet.
The new charges are under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) of IPC and Section 35 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
Earlier, Zubair was charged under the IPC’s Sections 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence) and 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) for one of his objectionable tweets. “Transmission and publication of such posts have been deliberately done by Mohammed Zubair through electronic media to insult the religious feelings of a particular community with the intent to provoke breach of peace,” read the FIR.
As per the FIR, accused Zubair had used a screengrab of an old Hindi movie which showed an image of a hotel, with its board reading ‘Hanuman hotel’ instead of ‘Honeymoon hotel’. In his tweet, Zubair had written, “BEFORE 2014: Honeymoon Hotel. After 2014: Hanuman Hotel”.
The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to the Delhi Police on a plea moved by Zubair challenging the Patiala House court order allowing his police custody and seizure of his laptop in connection with the 2018 contentious tweet.


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