Supreme Court orders release journalist Prashant Kanojia

The journalist Prashant Kanojia’s who was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police for “defaming” the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath “is not murder”, the Supreme Court said today, ordering his release.

The Supreme Court heard the petition of his wife and said, “Normally we don’t entertain these type of petitions. But a person can’t spend 11 days in jail…We may disapprove these tweets but we disapprove the denial of liberty.”

In total five people have been arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on charges of posting allegedly objectionable content about the Chief Minister. The arrests sparked a debate on social media over freedom of expression.

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

Kanojia was arrested by Uttar Pradesh police in Delhi on Saturday this tweet and was picked up from his home in Delhi after a complaint by a police officer in Lucknow, alleging he tried to “malign” Yogi Adityanath’s image. The same evening, the head of a private news channel and its editor were arrested in Noida, for airing the video.

Source : Various