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Chhattisgarh HC Grants Alt News’ Mohammed Zubair Interim Protection From Arrest

Bilaspur High Court in Chhattisgarh, on Monday, ordered that no coercive action should be taken against fact-checking news website Altnews’ co-founder Mohammad Zubair. Two FIRs were lodged against Zubair, who on August 6th, responded to one Jagdish Singh, who via Twitter handle @JSINGH2252, used abusive language against him.

The next hearing will be in November, informed Alt News’ co-founder Pratik Sinha on Twitter. Zubair tweeted, “I’m back Thank you! Thank you! Thank you everyone for the support! Your support gave me a lot of strength.”

Earlier, the Delhi Police Cyber Cell and the Raipur Police had filed FIRs against Mohammad Zubair under sections of the IT Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Zubair, on August 6th, responded to one Jagdish Singh, who via Twitter handle @JSINGH2252, used abusive language against him. Zubair posted Singh’s display picture, which features a little girl who is perhaps his granddaughter.

He blurred her face in the image posted. “Hello Jagdish Singh, Does your cute grand daughter know about your part time job of abusing people on social media? I suggest you to change your profile pic. (sic)”, Zubair had tweeted.

Speaking to The Cognate, Pratik Sinha, co-founder of Alt News said regarding the FIR’s, “I see it as a deliberate attempt to target Alt News. Zubair was asking a genuine question in response to the abuse targeted at him, and had responsibly blurred out the picture of the girl.”

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