New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has approached the Delhi high court to take down a post by AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair alleging that the tweet was in violation of various laws.
The child rights body argued that Twitter is not cooperating with the law enforcement agencies by not removing the photo of a girl and her grandfather shared on the micro-blogging website by Zubair during an online spat with the father.
A case was registered against Zubair by the city police in August last year on the complaint by NCPCR referring to the tweet shared by him on August 6, 2020.
Hello Jagdish Singh, Does your cute grand daughter know about your part time job of abusing people on social media?— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) August 6, 2020
I suggest you to change your profile pic. https://t.co/ZUxuOnaI0v pic.twitter.com/SwBe5i6z4k
The Delhi high court last year restrained the Delhi Police from taking any coercive action against Zubair after he had moved the court seeking quashing of the FIR, while also seeking compensation of ₹50 lakh for the harassment and defaming him.
NCPRC has filed an affidavit in the case, stating that the commission had written to Twitter and Delhi Police in July this year regarding Zubair's tweet and asked them about follow-up action.
Police had particularly sought action against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and its then managing director (India operation) Manish Maheshwari.
The affidavit also states that Twitter in August this year informed the commission that the image of the child in the post is pixelated or blurred. The micro-blogging site has declined to take down the post after the review, as per the affidavit.
"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 while seeking Twitter's impleadment in the case and a direction to remove the post in question.