Delhi HC directs no coercive motion towards Alt News Founder

New Delhi, September 9

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed no coercive towards Alt News Founder Mohd. Zubair who had moved the court docket searching for ex-parte reduction that no hostile motion be taken towards him pursuant to the reported FIR registered by Delhi Police Cyber Cell towards him for allegedly “threatening and torturing a girl child through Twitter”.

A single-judge bench presided by Justice Yogesh Khanna additionally directed the Delhi Police  to file a standing report inside eight weeks and slated the matter for listening to on December 8.

The court docket additionally requested Twitter India to cooperate with the Police and help them on their probe.

Recently, after the grievance by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) over allegedly “threatening and torturing a girl child through Twitter”, the Delhi Police Cyber Cell and the Raipur Police had filed FIRs below sections of the IT Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act towards Zubair.

In his plea filed earlier than the High Court, Zubair states: “Two separate FIRs have been registered against the petitioner, one by Delhi Police Cyber Cell and other in Chhattisgarh. Petitioner is filing the present petition in respect of FIR in Delhi. He is in the process of challenging FIR registered in Chhattisgarh separately. The Petitioner fears that he may be arrested by Delhi Police immediately, hence the present petition.” He additional acknowledged that he’s a journalist and co-founder of India’s most learn fact-checking web site information outlet Alt News.

“The Petitioner is a dedicated citizen who through his news outlet debunks misinformation put out by individuals and by political parties without any bias. Due to the nature of his work the Petitioner is often abused, threatened and demeaned by people the website debunk and expose or their blind supporters,” the plea states additional.


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