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SC grants bail to journalist Kanojia, says citizen's liberty sacrosanct

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The on Tuesday granted bail to Prashant Kanojia, who was arrested by on Saturday for making "objectionable comments" against on

The order for his immediate release on bail was passed by a vacation bench comprising Justices and on a petition filed by Kanojia's wife

During the hearing, Justice Banerjee said, "Liberty of a citizen is sacrosanct and non-negotiable. It is guaranteed by the Constitution and it cannot be infringed upon."

She said, "We can understand that the tweets should not have been made. But arresting..."

The bench observed, "Opinions may vary. He (Prashant) probably should not have published or written the tweets, but on what basis was he arrested."

It also asked the UP government to show "magnanimity in releasing him".

The arguing on behalf of the state said that the tweets were highly inflammatory, "Very, very strong and inflammatory tweets were made by the accused," the submitted.

Kanojia was arrested from by the for making certain "objectionable comments" against Adityanath on and for "spreading rumours". He was taken into custody after a case was registered at station in

Kanojia has been booked under sections 500 (defamation), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code and section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Act.

On Sunday, the had condemned the arrest of Kanojia, Eshika Singh, of Noida-based new channel Nation Live, and Anuj Shukla, an of the channel, in connection with the case.

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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 13:05 IST