The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) of Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Saturday dismissed the bail petition of Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair and sent him to judicial custody for 14 days.
The bail plea of Zubair has been canceled and our application for judicial remand has been accepted, Delhi Police Special Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava said while speaking to reporters. He also informed that three new sections have been invoked 201 (destruction of evidence ) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and 35 FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).
However, Zubair’s counsel accused Delhi police of unauthorisedly leaking the information on rejection of bail application in the afternoon even before the formal pronouncement of the order.
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“It is extremely scandalous and speaks volume of rule of law in Country that even before judge has assembled, police has leaked to media,” advocate Soutik Banerjee said.
During the hearing, special public prosecutor Atul Srivastava opposed the bail plea contending that he has remained non cooperative and there was a lot of investigation to be made with regard to how, why and when he received foreign funds or donations or money, from Pakistan, Syria and other Arab countries.
Zubair was arrested on 27 June, following a complaint raised by a Twitter user- Hanuman Bhakt who said that a tweet posted by Zubair in 2018 of a movie poster that was released in 1983 had hurt religious sentiments of the followers of a Hindu deity.