Supreme Court orders immediate release of freelance journalist, Prashant Kanojia
Posted by Agencies on 11th June 2019
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Supreme Court orders immediate release of freelance journalist, Prashant Kanojia who was arrested by UP Police for ‘defamatory video’ on UP Chief Minister

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Supreme Court has asked UP govt to immediately release Prashant Kanojia
  • The court asked the govt if they ever heard of such arrests based on tweets
  • UP govt has opposed Kanojia’s bail plea

Hearing the case of journalist Prashant Kanojia, who was arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police for posting a tweet on CM Yogi Adityanath, the Supreme Court has asked the government to release him immediately.

The court also asked the government why was he arrested and under what provisions.

Prashant Kanojia has been languishing in jail for the past 11 days for posting a tweet against Yogi Adityanath.

A vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi took note of the submission of lawyer Nitya Ramakrishnan, appearing for Kanojia’s wife Jagisha Arora, that the plea needed urgent hearing as the arrest was “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.

An FIR was registered against Kanojia at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow in which UP Police alleged that the accused made “objectionable comments against the CM and tried to malign his image”.

Kanojia had shared a video on Twitter and Facebook where a woman is seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside the CM’s office, claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to Adityanath.

The Uttar Pradesh government has countered the bail application filed by Kanojia’s wife who challenged Kanojia’s arrest in the apex court.

The Supreme Court slammed UP government’s arguments and said, “Have you ever some across remand for 11 days in such a case? Sit behind the bars day after day and challenge the order? That is not a very fair stand.”

The Supreme Court bench also said that the court does not appreciate the tweets posted by Kanojia but those cannot be grounds to put him behind bars.

The Yogi Adityanath government has opposed Prashant Kanojia’s bail plea and said that they have checked his Twitter profile and observed that he has been posting inflammatory content against God and religion. They argued that he has also tweeted about politicians and other public personalities.

Courtesy: Agencies and India Today