He was accused by the Delhi Police of inciting animosity between various groups based on religion and performing intentional acts to inflame religious feelings.
Digital Desk: Mr.
Sinha and Mr. Zubair, the Co-Founders of the fact-checking website AltNews, are
among the front-runners for the award based on selections made by the Peace
Research Institute Oslo, predictions made by bookmakers, and nominations made
public by Norwegian MPs (PRIO).
As per reports, Mr. Zubair was detained in June of this year for
a 2018 tweet that was "extremely offensive and more than sufficient to
provoke feelings of hatred" (FIR). He was accused by the Delhi Police of
inciting animosity between various groups based on religion and performing
intentional acts to inflame religious feelings.
Global outrage over the fact-arrest checker's prompted the
American non-profit Committee to Protect Journalists to issue a statement
calling it "another low for press freedom in India, where the government
has created a hostile and unsafe environment for members of the press reporting
on sectarian issues."
A month later, Mr. Zubair left Tihar Jail when the Supreme Court
granted him release.
There are around 343 contenders for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize,
including 251 individuals and 92 organizations.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, a politician from Belarus who opposes
the government, broadcaster David Attenborough, climate activist Greta
Thunberg, Pope Francis, Simon Kofe, the foreign minister of Tuvalu, and
Myanmar's National Unity government are among those named by Norwegian
lawmakers as nominees, according to a Reuters survey.
The regulations of the Nobel Committee on nominations for the
peace prize state that "Neither the names of nominators nor of nominees
for the Nobel Peace Prize may be released until the beginning of the year
marking the 50th anniversary of the awarding of a particular prize."
Along with Mr. Sinha and Mr. Zubair, other candidates for the
peace award include Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine, the UN Refugee
Agency, and the World Health Organization (WHO); and Alexey Navalny, a Russian
dissident, and critic of Vladimir Putin.
The recipients of the 2022 Nobel Peace
Prize will be announced on October 7 at 11 a.m. local time in Oslo.