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Republic Bharat has fallen into legal trouble after it used the picture of an Indian Muslim leader to depict Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar as his photo was not available.

However, the channel rectified the error later.

The news channel used the picture of Bahujan Samaj Party’s former Uttar Pradesh legislator Haji Yakub Qureshi.

Haji Yakub Qureshi has filed a complaint against Republic Bharat with the UP police in Meerut for airing defamatory visuals identifying him as a Talibani terrorist.

Haji Yakub Qureshi is a BSP leader who courted controversy for his remarks against Charlie Hebdo Cartoonist. In 2006, Haji Yakub allegedly announced a reward worth Rs 51 crore for killing Danish cartoonist who caricatured Prophet Mohammad.

After the deadly Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015, Yakub reportedly stated, “”Prophet Mohammad had conveyed a message of peace to the entire world and if anyone makes certain cartoons on him will invite death like the cartoonists and journalists in Paris. I will reward the attackers who killed Charlie Hebdo Editor, cartoonist of the infamous Prophet poster, with Rs 51 crores.”

However, he denied those reports.

A case was registered against Haji Yakub Qureshi over the controversial remarks under Section 505 1 (c) (with intent to incite, or likely to incite, any class or community of persons to commit any offence against any other class or community) of Indian Penal Code.

Charlie Hebdo Shooting

On 7 January 2015, two French Muslim brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The attack left 12 dead and 11 injured.

Charlie Hebdo Magazine

Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical weekly magazine, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes.

The magazine was attacked thrice by the terrorists: 2011, 2015, and 2020 which were presumed to be in response to the number of controversial cartoons published depicting Muhammad.

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