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Mohammed Zubair was arrested by Delhi Police on Monday, June 27, 2022, according to The Times of India.
Zubair was summoned to Delhi for inquiry in a different matter in 2020, according to AltNews co-founder Pratik Sinha, in which the court granted him protection from arrest. However, he was arrested in this new instance without the required notification, according to Mr. Sinha. “Despite numerous requests, we have not received a copy of the FIR,” reports NDTV.
The case stems from a complaint filed this month by the Twitter account ‘@balajikijaiin,’ which claimed that Mr. Zubair had posted a “questionable” image in order to “deliberately disrespect the god of a certain faith,” according to police. Mr. Zubair posted his tweet in March of 2018.
His recent arrest has drawn the attention of big political names of the opposition party, Sashi Tharoor of the Indian National Congress wrote, “India’s few fact-checking services, especially @AltNews, perform a vital service in our post-truth political environment, rife with disinformation. They debunk falsehoods to whoever perpetrates them. To arrest @zoo_bear (Mohammed Zubair) is an assault on truth. He should be released immediately.”
Rahul Gandhi of the Indian National Congress wrote, “Every person exposing BJP’s hate, bigotry, and lies is a threat to them. Arresting one voice of truth will only give rise to a thousand more. The truth ALWAYS triumphs over tyranny. #DaroMat.”
Every person exposing BJP’s hate, bigotry and lies is a threat to them.
Arresting one voice of truth will only give rise to a thousand more.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 27, 2022