Hearing the case of freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia, who was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police for posting a tweet on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Supreme Court today asked the government to release him immediately.
The court also asked the government why was he was arrested and under what provisions.
Prashant Kanojia was arrested by the police on Saturday for posting a tweet and a Facebook post against UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
A vacation bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi took note of the submission of lawyer Nitya Ramakrishnan, appearing for Prashant Kanojia’s wife Jagisha Arora, that the plea needed urgent hearing as the arrest was “illegal” and “unconstitutional”.
The Supreme Court bench also said that the court does not appreciate the tweets posted by Prashant Kanojia but those cannot be grounds to put him behind bars.
“We need not comment on the nature of the posts/tweets for which the action has been taken. The question is whether the petitioner’s husband ought to have been deprived of his liberty. The answer to that is prima facie in the negative. We find that the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India and particularly under Articles 19 and 21 are non-negotiable,” the Supreme Court said.