Questions arise when police arrests Zubair, but not Sharma: Former SC judge

New Delhi, July 07 (KMS): Former judge of Indian Supreme Court Justice Deepak Gupta has said that questions arise on the Delhi Police for arresting journalist Mohammad Zubair for allegedly hurting religious sentiments even as suspended Bharatiya Janata Party Nupur Sharma is still free despite making controversial comments on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

“If she [Sharma] could say that…which had a much bigger propensity to incite violence… but she is not arrested, Zubair is…Then some questions do arise on the fairness of the police,” Gupta said, in an interview to Live Law.

The retired judge said that something was amiss in the way Zubair was arrested.

Several first information reports have been filed against Sharma in many states after she made the comments on a television channel in May. She is yet to appear before the police for questioning. However, co-founder of Alt News Zubair was arrested by the Delhi Police on June 27 based on a tweet that he had posted in March 2018.

Apart from Gupta, several current and former members of the judiciary have also denounced the way Zubair is being tried in court.

Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Madan Lokur, said it was “difficult for our criminal justice system to sink lower than this”, The Wire reported on Sunday.

He was particularly appalled by a police officer leaking the Delhi Patiala House court’s order about Zubair’s 14-day judicial custody on Sunday, four hours before it was announced by the judges.

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