After the Supreme Court granted interim bail to Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair in a case registered in Sitapur, Lakhimpur Police has served a warrant in another case. This warrant against Zubair pertains to an FIR registered in 2021 for promoting enmity. Zubair has been asked to appear before the court on July 11 in the matter.
Additional Superintendent of Police Arun Kumar Singh said that the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) Mohammadi had issued a warrant B against Mohammed Zubair, which was executed by the Kheri police on Friday. At the same time, Mohammadi police station in-charge Amber Singh said, ‘A case was registered against Mohammed Zubair by Ashish Katiyar, a reporter of a private news channel, on November 25, 2021 by order of Kheri court.’
He said that in his complaint, Katiyar had accused Zubair of misleading people by tweeting about the channel. Amber Singh said, “Kheeri police reached Sitapur on Friday and handed over the warrant issued by the court of Mohammadi ACJM to the authorities of Sitapur district jail where Zubair is lodged.”
The FIR names Zubair as the first accused and Twitter Inc and Twitter Communication as other accused. The FIR mentions that on May 14, 2021, Zubair made an allegedly fake claim on Twitter against Sudharshan News. The tweet in question is one where Zubair said Sudarshan News TV had “used a pic of Al Masjid an Nabawi from Madina, superimposed it with an old pic from Ghaza, with graphics bombing the mosque.” Zubair wrote in the tweet, “Is this reporting or trying to incite violence?” He tagged the UP police and Noida police to take action.