Supreme Court orders UP govt to release journalist Prashant Kanojia


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New Delhi, Jun 11: The Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 11, after hearing the case of journalist Prashant Kanojia, who was arrested by UP police for posting a tweet against CM Yogi Adityanath, asked the government to release him without any delay.

The court also asked the government to clarify on what circumstances and provisions the arrest was made.

A vacation bench including Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi heard the case that was filed by Kanojia's wife Jagisha Arora requesting for an urgent plea on the ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional’ arrest of her husband.

An FIR was registered against Kanojia at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow for sharing an objectionable post along with a video against UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Twitter and Facebook. In the video, a woman is seen speaking to reporters claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to the CM.

Though the Uttar Pradesh government countered the bail application filed by Kanojia's wife, the Supreme Court slammed the arguments and said, "Have you ever come 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."

Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath government has opposed Prashant Kanojia's bail plea and said that they have checked his Twitter profile and found that he has been posting provocative content against God and religion. They argued that he has also tweeted about politicians and other public personalities.

However, the Supreme Court said, "A citizen's right to liberty has been infringed. We have gone through the records. Opinions may vary; this sort of thing should not have been published. But why arrest?"

  

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    Supreme Court has stopped India from becoming a Banana Republic ...

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  • Prashanth Poojary, karkala

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    A lesson to journalists who are not discharging duty as per their professional ethics.
    Time to bring these kind of irresponsible people into right track.

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  • Mann, Bangalore

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    When country is ruled by Modi’s , yogi’s then Supreme Court becomes redundant.
    Freedom of speech against minority’s is absolute but against yogi’s not .

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    The Supreme Court is the only hope left for the country. The Rich and the Influential can get justice from the Supreme Court but what about the common man from the lower courts. Is it that the lower courts are facing saturation as so resulting in a collapse of the Judicial System.

    If what the Supreme Court has observed" "Have you ever come across remand for 11 days in such a case". We are then heading for a system of Kangarove Courts in the lower courts.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    Welcome decision of our Supreme Court indeed.

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  • Anand Kumar, Mumbai

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    THE GOVT. OF UP RUN BY HYP0CRATES AND THEN WANT TO RULE LIKE HITLER. THEY EVEN FORGOT THAT INDIA IS A DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY.

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  • SAMAD, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    Some will be angry on Supreme court here...

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  • suresh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    " Supreme Court said, "A citizen's right to liberty has been infringed. We have gone through the records. Opinions may vary; this sort of thing should not have been published. But why arrest?""

    So what does SC propose to do then?

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  • Dheeraj, Shirva Manchakal

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    Now onwards all journalists in U.P will try to behave accurately. For TRP they won't defame any famous personalites. If in other countries fate like khassogi will happen. Our's is peaceful country..giving one and all to live acccording to there own term. Before hanging to anybody will keep court function overnight...for giving him last chance to prove his innocence.

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