The Uttar Pradesh Police on Tuesday set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the cases against fact-checker Muhammad Al-Zubair. UP Police special teams will now investigate various cases registered against Al Zubair. SIT was formed headed by IG Preetinder Singh. DIG Amit Kumar Verma was also included in the investigation team. Cases against Zubair have been recorded in many areas of UP.
This police decision came at a time when the Supreme Court extended Zubair’s temporary bail until further orders. The Supreme Court has even extended further orders to release him on provisional bail in a case registered against Alt News founder Muhammad Al-Zubair for allegedly harming religious sentiments in Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh.
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However, the remedy of the court is limited to the Sitapur case only. It will not have any effect on the case against Al-Zubair in the cases registered in Delhi and Lakhimpur. This also means that he will remain in prison. In the Sitapur case, the police accused Zubair of hurting religious sentiments. Police cited a tweet in May by Zubair calling Yeti Narasimhan, Saraswati, Bajrang Muni and Anand Swarup “haters”. He had accused Hindu religious leaders of making inflammatory speeches.
Police cases against Zubair have been recorded in Sitapur, Lakimpur, Hathras and Muzaffarnagar across the state. On June 27, Delhi Police arrested Zubair on charges of hurting religious sentiments through a tweet. Delhi Police invoked new provisions of Section 120b (Criminal Conspiracy) and 201 (Destruction of Evidence) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 35 of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act against Al Zubair.
The bail hearing for Muhammad Al-Zubair was postponed, and the court set the date for July 14