SC orders release of arrested journalist Prashant Kanojia

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In a noteworthy alleviation to Prashant Kanojia, the writer arrested by UP Police for online remarks against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Supreme Court today ordered his quick discharge on bail. The bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi passed the request in a ‘Habeas corpus’ appeal recorded by Jagisha Arora, spouse of Kanojia, looking for his discharge. The seat observed that the arrest and remand was unlawful, bringing about hardship of individual freedom.Despite the fact that the UP Government submitted through Additional Solicitor General Vikramjit Banerjee that arrest was fundamental “to communicate something specific” that provocative tweets can’t go on without serious consequences, the seat rejected it, batting for individual freedom. Arora, who was spoken to by Advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan, moved toward the Court saying, “The alleged post on its face value constitutes no criminal offence and is an unwarranted assault on the free speech and right to life”.
The Additional Solicitor General showing up for UP Government presented that the arrest was not simply for remarks against the CM. The ASG referred to a few tweets by Kanojia from as ahead of schedule as December 2017, which were offending divine beings, religious assumptions and network rehearses. Hence, the arrest is made for open evil, and Section 505 IPC was included the FIR later, presented the ASG. Be that as it may, the seat was not persuaded. “We do not appreciate his tweets. But can he be put behind bars for that?”, asked Justice Banerjee. The Court also expressed astonishment at 11 days remand ordered by the Magistrate. “Is he accused of murder?”, Justice Rastogi pondered. Kanojia, a former student of Indian Institute of Mass Communications Delhi with work involvement in The Indian Express and The Wire Hindi, had partaken in twitter a news thing about a lady claiming that she was involved with Yogi Adityanath and that she needed to wed him. The news was shared by Kanojia on Thursday evening with a deriding remark. The FIR, held up “suo moto” by UP Police, was enlisted under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act asserting that Kanojia had made slanderous remarks against Yogi Adityanath from his “twitter internet based life”, with an endeavor to “defame the picture of the Chief Minister attempting to legitimize the arrest.

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