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Journalist Prashant Kanojia Released On Bail

The journalist who was unconstitutionally arrested says he has complete faith in the Constitution of India.

Update: Prashant Kanojia has been released on bail from Lucknow jail. He says he has complete faith in the Constitution of India.

Despite the Supreme Court granting bail to Prashant Kanojia on June 11, Tuesday, almost 36 hours later, he’s still not been released. A Delhi-based independent journalist, Kanojia On June 6, had tweeted a video of a woman who reached Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence with a “love letter” and claimed that she has been talking to the CM via “video conferencing” for one year and demanded an in-person meeting.

Following that, he was arrested after a sub-inspector in Lucknow’s Hazratganj Police Station filed a complaint against him, alleging that he tried to “malign” Adityanath’s image. The FIR against him was filed under Sections 500 (Punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code and 66 of the Information Technology Act (Punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service). He has been lodged in a jail there since.

Also read: Journalist Prashant Kanojia Granted Bail by Supreme Court A Day After Journalists Protest Unconstitutional Arrest

A vacation bench of the apex court, comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Ajay Rastogi, said Right to Liberty, a fundamental right, is non-negotiable as it granted bail to Kanojia. Yet, why is he still not out?

A prison official, under the condition of anonymity, told NewsCentral24x7, “Jail superintendent manmaani kar raha hai (The Jail Superintendent is creating obstacles).”

As per a PTI report, the release order for journalist Prashant Kanojia was sent to Lucknow jail on Wednesday, June 12 by the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Lucknow. The CJM (in-charge) Sanjai Kumar had directed the release of the journalist on furnishing of two sureties of Rs 20,000 each and a personal bond for the same amount. The court sent the release order to jail after the bond and the sureties were filed, paving the way for his release on bail.

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