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Supreme Court orders immediate release of journalist Prashant Kanojia

New Delhi | The Apex court of India has ordered an immediate release of Delhi-based journalist Prashant Kanojia who was arrested earlier this week.

“Opinions may vary, he (Prashant) probably should not have published or written that tweet, but on what basis was he arrested”, the court questioned, as quoted by news agency ANI.

UP Police defended the arrest and said hat he had been making derogatory posts about the CM.

“He has been making inflammatory tweets in the past not only with respect to caste matters but also gods and goddesses and that’s why he was arrested,” said additional solicitor general Vikramjeet Banerjee.

“We need not comment on the nature of the posts for which the action has been taken, the question is whether, Kanojia ought to have been deprived of his liberty. The answer to that question prima facie is negative,” said a bench of justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi.

Prashant Kanojia a freelance journalist was arrested earlier this week for sharing “objectionable” content on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

 

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