Journalist arrested for post on Adityanath: Supreme Court to hear wife’s habeas corpus plea

Taking to the streets: Journalists, with Jagisha Arora, wife of Prashant Kanojia, right, staging a protest in New Delhi on Monday.

Taking to the streets: Journalists, with Jagisha Arora, wife of Prashant Kanojia, right, staging a protest in New Delhi on Monday.   | Photo Credit: THE HINDU

Petition seeks to know whereabouts of Prashant Kanojia.

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to urgently hear a petition by Jagisha Arora, whose journalist husband Prashant Kanojia was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police for allegedly uploading defamatory comments on social media against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

A Vacation Bench, led by Justice Indira Banerjee, decided to list the matter for hearing on June 11.

The habeas corpus petition filed by Ms. Arora is to know the whereabouts of her husband. The petition, mentioned by advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan, further said the arrest was “illegal and unconstitutional”.


Mr. Kanojia has been charged under the repealed provision of the Information Technology Act, and the Indian Penal Code. The police have said there is evidence against him under Sections 500 and 505 of the IPC and Section 67 of the IT Act.

Mr. Kanojia had allegedly shared a video on Twitter and Facebook, in which a woman was seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside the Chief Minister’s office, claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to Mr. Adityanath.

The freelance journalist was booked on Saturday by the Uttar Pradesh police on charges of trying to malign the image of Mr. Adityanath by allegedly posting an “objectionable comment” on Twitter.


His family alleged that he was picked up by policemen in plainclothes from Delhi and brought to Lucknow where he was questioned. An FIR has been lodged at the Hazratganj police station.

Mr. Kanojia is an alumnus of the IIMC and the Mumbai University and has worked with media organisations.

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