Kerala, June 12 : Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala in Kerala has claimed that 149 people were booked in the southern state for criticising CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Vijayan, however, clarified in the state Assembly that ‘119 people have been booked
and not 149 as claimed by the Opposition leader, for derogatory posts against the CM on social media since the government assumed charge’.
“What is happening in Kerala is similar to the developments in Uttar Pradesh ruled by Yogi Adityanath,” Chennithala said. His claims were backed with cheers from the Opposition benches in the state Assembly.
Some of the people against whom cases have been registered, are people against whom cases have been registered, are also government employees.
On Tuesday, the apex court asked UP government to release freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia who was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police for posting a tweet mocking CM Yogi Adityanath.
“A citizen’s right to liberty is sacrosanct and non-negotiable. It is a fundamental right granted under the Constitution and can’t be infringed upon by the state,” the Supreme Court bench said while ordering the scribe’s release.
“While as many as 149 cases have been registered against people for posting remarks against Vijayan, nothing happened when I complained about being defamed on social media. Also, no case was registered against those who defamed former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy,” Chennithala said.