India court keeps journalist in police custody over tweet
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India court keeps journalist in police custody over tweet

Delhi’s Metropolitan Magistrate Court Tuesday ordered journalist and Co-Founder of Alt News Mohammed Zubair to remain in police custody for four days.

Zubair was arrested on Monday for the crimes of hurting religious sentiments and inciting enmity under Sections 153 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code.

In 2018, Zubair posted a tweet which depicted a hotel having its name changed from “Honeymoon Hotel” to “Hanuman Hotel.” Hanuman is a Hindu god. Delhi Police arrested him based on a complaint over that tweet, which alleged Zubair tweeted a “questionable image with a purpose to deliberately insult the god of a particular religion.’

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria said:

Considering that the mobile phone/laptop of the accused for posting the tweet in question is to be recovered at the instance of accused Mohammed Zubair from his Bangalore residence, that the accused has remained non-cooperative and (with) the disclosure statement on record, four days PC (police custody) remand of accused is granted since accused is to be taken to Bangalore.

Zubair’s arrested has been condemned by international organizations and national news organizations, including United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres, Amnesty International, the Press Club of India, and other news outlets.