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Cops Examining Financial Transactions Of Arrested Alt News’ Fact-Checker

Delhi police mentioned Mohammed Zubair will likely be taken to Bengaluru on Thursday in reference to the probe.

New Delhi:

The Delhi Police on Wednesday wrote to a number of banks in search of details about checking account particulars and different monetary transactions of fact-checking web site Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair who’s below police custody over an “objectionable” tweet, officers mentioned. Mr Zubair was arrested on Monday for allegedly hurting spiritual sentiments after posting the tweet towards a Hindu deity in 2018.

“We’re at present specializing in the supply of donation and different monetary transactions made into the financial institution accounts related to Alt News. We’ve proof that within the final three months, transaction amounting to Rs 50 lakh was made into one of many accounts. We’re additional analysing the transactions created from a number of financial institution accounts,” a senior police officer mentioned.

He mentioned Mr Zubair will likely be taken to Bengaluru on Thursday in reference to the probe.

“Our group will take Zubair to Bengaluru tomorrow to grab the gadgets, together with the cell phone and laptop computer, which may have been used to submit the tweet in query, and likewise to gather different proof linked to the case,” the officer mentioned.

Police had mentioned that the objectionable tweet “led to a Twitter storm with hate speeches which was detrimental to communal concord”.

The officer additionally mentioned that the cell phone utilized by the journalist at current has been formatted and doesn’t have data associated to the case.

In response to police, Mr Zubair, when requested in regards to the telephone he used when he allegedly posted the tweet in query, mentioned he had misplaced it.

In the meantime, the nameless Twitter deal with, a grievance from which led to Mr Zubair’s arrest, doesn’t exist on the microblogging web site anymore, sources within the Delhi Police mentioned. A Delhi courtroom had on Tuesday prolonged by 4 days the custodial interrogation of Mr Zubair. Through the listening to, Mr Zubair’s counsel mentioned that the photograph which he had used within the tweet was from a 1983 movie by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, “Kissi Se Na Kehna”, and that the movie was not banned.

The courtroom, nonetheless, rejected the submission, saying it was of no help to the accused at this stage. The Delhi Police had additionally instructed the courtroom that Mr Zubair allegedly “used controversial tweets to harm spiritual emotions in an effort to get fame”.

On June 20, a case towards Mr Zubair was registered below sections 153A (selling enmity between completely different teams on grounds of faith, race, fatherland, language and so on.) and 295A (deliberate and malicious act meant to outrage spiritual emotions) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the DCP mentioned.

Nonetheless, he was arrested in reference to one in every of his tweets posted within the yr 2018 that had a questionable picture with the aim of intentionally insulting the god of a specific faith, he mentioned.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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