The March 2018 tweet, for which Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair had been arrested in June this year, was targeted against a particular community and could have incited violence, the Delhi Police have told the High Court, Bar and Bench reported on Friday.
In an affidavit, the police said that the journalist had tweeted the post with deliberate intentions and it could have been detrimental to maintaining peace.
Zubair was arrested on June 27 by a cyber unit of the Delhi Police on charges of hurting religious sentiments. His tweet contained a still from a 1983 Hindi movie of a signboard repainted from “Honeymoon Hotel” to “Hanuman Hotel”.
An anonymous Twitter user with the handle @balajikijaiin had alleged that the tweet hurt sentiments of the Hindu community. The journalist was released on bail in July, after twenty-three days in custody.
In July, Zubair had moved the Delhi High Court, seeking that his electronic devices that were seized by the police, but were not related to the allegations mentioned in the first information report be returned to him, reported Live Law.
In an affidavit filed in response, the police have said that the devices are being analysed by the Forensic Science Laboratory. They said that officials were yet to recover data from the devices in connection with the case and other…