Alt News co-founder Muhammed Zubair, has been arrested by the Delhi police on Monday under sections 153 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code, news agency ANI reported.
Pratik Sinha, the co-founder of Alt News tweeted that Muhammed Zubair had been called by the Delhi police on Monday by Special Cell, Delhi for an investigation in 2020 case, for which he already had protection against arrest from the High Court. However, on 27th June around 6:45 PM he was arrested in some other FIR for which no notice was issued, something which is mandatory under the law for sections under which he has been arrested. Despite repeated requests no FIR copy has been given.
Zubair’s arrest comes after a few days of him receiving an email from Twitter citing Indian local laws that it is “withholding” his account.
The Nupur Sharma controversy had started with Zubair posting a short clip of Nupur Sharma allegedly making inflammatory remarks against Prophet Muhammed. It snowballed into a major controversy with 16 Arab countries condemning India over the inflammatory remarks and caused protests across the world, including several cities in India.