Wednesday, May 29, 2024

POCSO case; no criminality found in journalist Mohd Zubair’s tweet: Delhi Police tells High Court

Delhi Police on Thursday informed the Delhi High Court that no criminality was found in the tweet posted by Alt News Co-founder and journalist Mohammed Zubair in response to a Twitter user in August 2020.

The city police had earlier registered an FIR under POCSO Act against the journalist. Zubair has also not been named in the chargesheet filed in respect of the FIR in question, the Delhi Police said.

The case pertains to a tweet posted by the fact-checker, sharing the profile picture of a right wing man and asking if it was appropriate for him to use derogatory language in replies while using a profile picture figuring his granddaughter. Zubair in his tweet had blurred the face of the minor girl.

“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,” Zubair had said in the tweet.

The right wing Twitter user then filed multiple complaints against Zubair, accusing him of causing cyber sexual harassment of his grand-daughter.

In the FIR lodged in Delhi, offences under the POCSO Act, Section 509B of IPC, Sections 67 and 67A of the Information Technology Act were invoked against the journalist who has been facing a hate campaign from Hindutva social media handles for his journalism.

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