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Don’t construe this as approval of tweet, SC on relief to scribe

DNMUM437582 | 6/12/2019 | Author : DNA correspondent | WC :276 | India

The Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia on Tuesday, asserting that the right to liberty is a fundamental, non-negotiable right, however, the order should not be construed as an approval of his tweets. Kanojia was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police for “defaming” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media.
“It is made clear this order is not construed as an approval of tweets,” the court said, “We may disapprove of these tweets but we disapprove of the denial of liberty.”
The court agreed to hear Kanojia’s spouse, Jagisha Arora’s petition, saying, “Normally we don’t entertain these petitions, but a person can’t spend 11 days in jail.”
Five people, includi
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