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Court rejects Alt News Co-Founder Mohammed Zubair bail plea, sent to 14 days judicial custody

Along with this, the court has also ordered to send him to judicial custody for 14 days. Let us inform that the police had opposed Zubair's bail plea citing the ongoing investigation in this case.

A court at Delhi’s Patiala House on Saturday dismissed the bail plea of​​Mohammad Zubair , co-founder of fact-checking website Alt News, in connection with objectionable tweets about a Hindu deity.

Along with this, the court has also ordered to send him to judicial custody for 14 days. Let us inform that the police had opposed Zubair’s bail plea citing the ongoing investigation in this case.

Zubair was arrested on 27 January

Delhi Police had called 27 Janu to the Dwarka office for questioning in a case related to the POCSO Act of 2020. In this case, Zubair has got relief from arrest from the High Court.

During interrogation, the police gave him another inquiry notice related to an old tweet of his 2018 and arrested him.

Many opposition leaders and media persons, including Rahul Gandhi, have condemned Zubair’s arrest.

Police presented Zubair after the completion of the detention period

Let us inform that after the completion of the custody period of five days in the case, the police had produced Zubair in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarwaria and sought 14 days custody for further interrogation in the case.

Police said that further investigation in the case may require Zubair’s custodial interrogation. After this, Zubair had filed a bail application through advocate Vrinda Grover.

Zubair gave this argument in the bail plea

Zubair said in the bail plea that there was no need for his further interrogation. He is not a terrorist who needs to be kept in jail.

On this, Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava said that the police have also attached additional sections under section 35 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, criminal conspiracy (section 120B), destruction of evidence (section 201) and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act against Zubair. In such a situation, their interrogation is necessary to investigate these crimes.

The police have also made these allegations against Zubair

The police, opposing Zubair’s bail plea, claimed that the accused had received payments from countries including Pakistan, Syria, Australia , Singapore, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and others through ‘Razorpay payment gateway’. This is a serious matter.

Police accuses Zubair of changing SIM

The public prosecutor said that Zubair had brought the phone to the special cell office. His investigation revealed that a day before he was using another SIM, but after receiving the notice, the SIM was changed. The accused has shown great cunning to defend the case.

He said the investigating agency may require further custody of the accused. For this the police can file an application, because the investigation in the case has not been completed.

“Change of mobile phone or SIM card is not a crime”

Zubair’s lawyer said, “Is it a crime to change your mobile phone or SIM card? Is it a crime to format the phone or is it a crime to be clever? None of these is an offense under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). If you don’t like it, that’s fine, but you can’t stigmatize someone for being clever.”

However, accepting the police’s argument, the court sent Zubair to 14-day custody.


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Controversy arose over the leak of information about Zubair’s bail plea

Earlier, Zubair’s lawyer accused the Delhi Police of leaking the verdict on the bail plea.

He said that it is highly condemnable that the police leaked the order to the media even before the judicial magistrate sat down and pronounced the order.

To this, senior Delhi Police officer KPS Malhotra said that he had misheard due to noise while talking to the investigating officer and inadvertently gave information to the media.

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