Alt News co-founder Mohd Zubair denied bail, sent to 14 days judicial custody | Latest News India

The 33-year-old journalist has been booked under Section 120B for criminal conspiracy. There are also allegations of receiving foreign funds in clear violation of the Foreign Contribution Control Act (FCRA).

A Delhi court on Saturday denied bail to Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair, who was arrested over a 2018 tweet on charges of hurting religious sentiments. The court sent the journalist to 14 days judicial custody.

The 33-year-old journalist has been booked under Section 120B for criminal conspiracy. There are also allegations of receiving foreign funds in clear violation of the Foreign Contribution Control Act (FCRA).

During the hearing in the court, Zubair’s lawyer Vrinda Grover questioned the credibility of the complaint against him. “Who is this Twitter handle (user) ‘Hanuman Bhakta’? Does he want to create communal harmony or strife in the country?” she asked.

During the hearing, Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava told the court that Zubair had received donations from Pakistan and Syria and that the journalist was a director of Pravda Media. The public prosecutor said the money was received from Singapore, UAE and Saudi Arabia. He said that the transaction needs to be investigated as it is an income tax violation.

Zubair’s lawyers argued that the money allegedly received in violation of the FCRA did not go into his account. All the money went to the Pravda Media account. He said that being a director of an organization is not a crime.


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