Supreme Court orders journalist Prashant Kanojia's release
The Supreme Court said that liberty of Prashant Kanojia as a citizen is non-negotiable.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the release of freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia, who had been picked up by the Uttar Pradesh police for writing a Facebook post urging Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to “get married”.
The apex court said that liberty of a citizen was sacrosanct and non-negotiable. While ordering the release of the 26-year-old freelance journalist, the court underlined that liberty was guaranteed by the constitution and cannot be infringed upon.
Kanojia was rounded up by plainclothes men of the UP police on Saturday from his residence at West Vinod Nagar in Delhi.
Congress president described his arrest as foolish and demanded his release.
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.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 11, 2019
The UP CM is behaving foolishly & needs to release the arrested journalists. https://t.co/KtHXUXbgKS
His wife Jagisha Arora had told the media that two plainclothes men had taken him for questioning on Saturday, hours after an acquaintance had called up to tell him that plainclothesmen were looking for him.
He was picked up on a complaint by a sub-inspector in Lucknow’s Hazrat Ganj police station that his Facebook post had sought to tarnish the image of the Chief Minister.
In his social media post, Kanojia had shared a purported video of a woman telling the media that she had sent a marriage proposal to Yogi Adityanath.
Kanojia was lodged in Lucknow jail. The SHO had made him speak to his wife Jagisha to convey that he was well and she should not worry.
The detention led to condemnation by the Editors’ Guild and also by the Congress, with its spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi calling the detention “illegal, arbitrary and a gross miscarriage of justice”.
Two other journalists were also arrested by the UP police.
Kanojia’s wife had moved the apex court challenging his detention.
Kanojia, who hails from Mumbai, studied at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Delhi, and has worked with The Wire Hindi, apart from other media houses.