Prashant Kanojia is a journalist and he belongs to Uttar Pradesh. Recently he was arrested by Uttar Pradesh government for releasing a defamatory video about chief minister Adityanath. He was arrested under section 500 of the Indian Penal code which relates punishment for defamation cases and under section 66 of Information Technology act, which gives punishment for computer related offences. Apart from these two sections he was also arrested under sections 67 and 505 which talks about electronic crime and public mischief.
On Tuesday, the Supreme court has ordered the UP government to release Prashant Kanojia. The Supreme court says that it is illegal to arrest Kanojia as he has the right to express his views and the court says that it is a ‘deprivation of personal liberty’. Regarding this Kanojia’s wife on Monday filed a petition in Supreme court after her husband was arrested on Saturday, stating that it is inappropriate to arrest him and keep him in remand for 11 days.
The bench of justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi passed the order on the petition signed by Kanojia’s wife asking the UP government to release Kanojia. When the Additional Solicitor general Vikramjit Banerjee argued that the order of remand has to be challenged in the lower court. He argued on behalf of the state. The Supreme court replied that they cannot sit folding their hands when an injustice is happening in the state. Kanojia’s wife thanked the Supreme court and she says that justice still exists and she feels very happy and safe to be living in this country. She also stated that she has trust on this Constitution.