Mohammed Zubair, co-founder of Alt News, had yet another warrant issued against him, this time by the Lakhimpur Kheri police, in what appears to be a pattern of targeting. The latest warrant was filed in relation to a case that was brought last year on allegations of inciting animosity between two groups.
Since his arrest on June 27, Zubair has been held in detention for two distinct instances. On July 8, the Supreme Court granted interim bail to Zubair in one of the cases. The court has ordered Zubair to appear before it on July 11 in the Lakhimpur case. According to The Indian Express, the summons were delivered to the Sitapur jail, where Zubair is being held.
Zubair was charged in the Lakhimpur Kheri case in September of last year with spreading false information and upsetting communal harmony.
According to reports, Ashish Kumar Katiyar, the complainant, works for the Sudharshan News station.
The Indian Penal Code’s section 153-A (promoting enmity between two communities) is where the case was filed.
Zubair is listed as the first accused in the FIR, along with Twitter Inc. and Twitter Communication.
According to the FIR, Zubair filed an allegedly false accusation against Sudharshan News on Twitter on May 14, 2021.
Specifically, Zubair said in a tweet that Sudarshan News TV had “taken a picture of Al Masjid a Nabawi from Madina, layered it with an old picture from Ghaza, with graphics destroying the mosque.”
“Is this reporting or trying to provoke violence?” Zubair said in the tweet.
He ordered the Noida and UP police to intervene.
According to the FIR filed against him, Zubair allegedly made a plea for Muslim unity and used anti-national sentiments to try to poison people’s minds. Zubair’s tweet, according to the lawsuit, spreads hate and could trigger a civil war-like situation in the nation. In an effort to disseminate anti-national views, numerous people shared and retweeted Zubair’s tweet.
Zubair has two more warrants against him, one from Delhi and the other from Lakhimpur Kheri, after the Supreme Court granted him bail in the Sitapur case.
Source: The Indian Express, The News Minute