Journalist Prashant Kanojia was launched from Lucknow jail this night — 5 days after he was arrested for allegedly “defaming” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. His arrest — together with 4 others on comparable costs — sparked an enormous debate on social media over freedom of expression and drawn condemnation from many, together with the Editors’ Guild of India.
Mr Kanojia was picked up from his dwelling in Delhi on Saturday, after he tweeted a video of a girl who claimed on digicam that she despatched a wedding proposal to the Chief Minister. His spouse Jagisha Arora had challenged the arrest within the Supreme Court docket.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court docket ordered that Mr Kanojia be instantly launched, saying the basic proper to liberty is “non-negotiable”.
The highest courtroom had dismissed the rivalry of the state authorities, which stated he was arrested not for his tweet on Yogi Adityanath however his older tweets that have been “casteist”.
“We may disapprove these tweets but we disapprove the denial of liberty,” the highest courtroom stated, including, “Normally we don’t entertain these type of petitions. But a person can’t spend 11 days in jail”.
The arrest triggered an enormous political controversy, with opposition events calling it “illegal and arbitrary”.
Congress’s Rahul Gandhi tweeted: “If every journalist who files a false report or peddles fake, vicious RSS/BJP sponsored propaganda about me is put in jail, most newspapers/ news channels would face a severe staff shortage. The UP CM is behaving foolishly & needs to release the arrested journalists.”
The Editors’ Guild had referred to as it “an effort to intimidate the Press” and stated the defamation regulation was being misused.