To begin with, the Bharatiya Janata Party, BJP, on Thursday removed its Haryana IT cell IN charge amid calls for his arrest over a five-year-old controversial tweet involving Prophet Mohammed and Islam, reported news agency PTI. According to a statement issued by Haryana BJP secretary Gulshan Bhatia, party’s state unit chief O P Dhankar removed Arun Yadav with immediate effect. But the statement didn’t mention the reason behind Yadav’s removal. 

Subsequently, Yadav’s tweet that went viral on social media dates back to 2017. While no complaint has been filed against the BJP functionary, there has been growing calls on social media for his arrest,#ArrestArunYadav was one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter with over 1.3 lakh tweets on the microblogging platform.

 Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV tweeted against BJP

Furthermore, “The BJP has sacked yet another ‘fringe element’. But instead of this eyewash, will these ‘hate minions’ be arrested?” Youth Congress chief Srinivas BV tweeted. Many compared Yadav’s tweet with that of Alt News co-founder Mohammad Zubair and the contrasting treatment they have received.

Moreover, “Hello @DGPHaryana @DelhiPolice If Zubair can be arrested for his 2018 tweet, then why not Arun yadav?” tweeted Shaikh Sadeque, president of the Tipu Sultan Party. Zubair was arrested late last month over an alleged objectionable tweet he posted in 2018. The tweet has a screenshot from a 1983 film. Police said the journalist was arrested after taking cognisance of a complaint by a Twitter account, which doesn’t exist anymore.

SC to hear Zubair’s pleas 

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will hear on Friday Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair’s petition challenging the Allahabad high court’s refusal to quash a First Information Report (FIR) against him in Uttar Pradesh, after his lawyer alleged he was facing death threats and pointed at the extreme urgency of the matter.

In conclusion, the FIR was filed against the journalist in Sitapur on June 1, on a complaint by Bhagwan Sharan, district president of local Hindu outfit Hindu Sher Sena, for allegedly inflaming communal passions by calling three controversial right-wing leaders “spreaders of hatred”. One of the three is Yati Narsinghanand Saraswati, priest of Dasna Devi temple in Ghaziabad, who is facing multiple charges in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh for alleged hate speeches at a Dharam Sansad in Haridwar last year.

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