June 9 : A Delhi-based journalist was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday for sharing which was considered an objectionable post on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media.
The police released a statement late on Saturday night detailing the charges, and saying that Kanojia had accepted his crimes after “strict questioning”. According to the statement, Kanojia made “obscene comments” and “spread rumours” on social media. The charges include Sections 500 (defamation) and 505 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of the Information Technology Act.
An FIR was registered against Prashant Kanojia, the journalist in question, by a sub-inspector at Hazratganj police station on Friday night. The FIR stated that the accused made “objectionable comments against the CM and tried to malign his image”. A senior police officer initially said that the journalist has been arrested, but he later retracted saying no arrest has yet taken place.
Coinciding with the development, the head of a private television news channel and its editor too were arrested in Noida for airing allegedly defamatory content on Yogi Adityanath, the police said.
Kanojia had shared a video on Twitter and Facebook where a woman is seen speaking to reporters of various media organisations outside the CM office claiming that she had sent a marriage proposal to the CM.
She claimed in the video that she had been conversing with the chief minister for a long time over video chat, and that now she wanted to know if he was willing to spend his life with her.
The verified Twitter handle of Kanojia @PJkanojia said that he is alumnus of IIMC and Mumbai university and is associated with some media organisations.