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Seeking Removal of a Tweet by AltNews Co-Founder Zubair, NCPCR Moves Delhi HC

The issue pertains to a tweet posted by Mohammed Zubair on August 6, 2020 where he had shared a picture of a minor girl with her face blurred. While Twitter claims that it doesn't violate any law, NCPCR is not convinced.

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New Delhi: After Twitter refused to take down a post by AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has moved Delhi high court pressing for the removal of the post and alleged that the tweet violates the law of the land, Indian Express has reported.

In August 2020, Delhi Police received a complaint from NCPCR chairperson Priyank Kanoongo stating a tweet posted by Zubair on August 6, 2020 had a picture of a minor girl, with her face blurred, during an online spat Zubair was having with the girl’s father.

When the issue reached Delhi high court last year, it ordered police from taking any coercive action against Zubair.

In the latest affidavit filed by NCPCR stated that it had written to Delhi Police and Twitter in July this year regarding follow-up action in the matter. As for its part, Delhi Police responded by stating that it had filed a Kalandra under Section 175 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Patiala House Court on February 17 against Twitter for refusing to provide information on action taken in the case even after multiple reminders.

The Delhi Police wanted action to be initiated against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and its then managing director (India operations) Manish Maheshwari.

The NCPCR affidavit has also stated that Twitter had informed the commission in August this year that it would not take down the tweet in question, as the face of the minor girl was pixellated.

“Twitter is not cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and is not following the law of the land by not taking action against the said impugned post,” NCPCR said in its affidavit while seeking Twitter’s impleadment in the case and a direction to remove the post in question.

The NCPCR has been accused, in recent times, been accused of going after critics of the government rather than actively working to better child welfare in India.