New FIR over “hate speech”: Journalist Zubair produced before court
Alt News Co-founder Mohammed Zubair was produced in a court in Sitapur of India's Uttar Pradesh state today (July 4, 2022) in connection with a new FIR lodged against him for allegedly calling Hindu seers "hate mongers".
Zubair was produced in the court of the Sitapur judicial magistrate who had earlier sent him to 14-day judicial custody, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
The Delhi Police later took Zubair back to the national capital.
NP Singh, additional superintendent of Police in Sitapur, said the district police had issued a production warrant against Zubair in connection with a case registered at Khairabad.
Now, the district police have sought his custody, the officer said.
The FIR was lodged against Zubair under Indian Penal Code section 295A (deliberate and malicious act intended to outrage religious feelings) and section 67 of the IT Act on a complaint by a Hindu outfit on June 1.
Zubair, a fact-checker, was arrested by the Delhi Police last week in a case related to an "objectionable tweet" he had posted in 2018 against a Hindu deity.
The Delhi Police has invoked new provisions -- sections 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 35 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act -- against Zubair.