On 30th April, a complaint had been filed against Delhi Minorities Commission Chief Dr Zafarul Islam Khan for allegedly sharing a post that was ‘provocative’ and ‘seditious’. On May 12, the Delhi High Court had granted interim protection to Dr Zafarul Islam Khan until June 22.
On June 22, 2020, the Delhi High Court has asked Delhi Police to submit its status report on the FIR registered against Delhi Minorities Commission Chief. Justice Manoj Kumar Ohri, then further extended the interim protection of the petitioner till next hearing on July 31.
The FIR against him has been launched under section 124A and 153A of the IPC by the Delhi Police.
The petition submitted by Dr. Zafarul Islam, states that the allegation in the FIR against him has distorted facts and is a gross abuse of process of law. The petition also talks about the targeted hate against the Muslim community on social media, ever since the lockdown began. A widespread hate was seen, with old and fake videos going viral on social media, showing Muslims in the negative light.
“There’s false, inflammatory, malicious and distorted media coverage of the petitioner’s social media posts have already had the effect of inciting hatred against the petitioner, and causing him to be held in contempt in the eyes of the public. This is evident from frivolous and malicious complaints that have been filed against the petitioner following such media coverage.”
“FIR against the petitioner is misconceived, being made on a misrepresentation of facts and an erroneous, untenable reading of the law. As such it does not warrant the curtailment of liberty and dignity of the petitioner, which is his guaranteed right under Articles 19 and 21 of the constitution of India”, the plea further states.