Thiruvananthapuram, June 12: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday in state assembly said that 119 people have been booked for derogatory posts against the CM on social media since the government assumed charge. This comes after Prashant Kanojia, a journalist, was arrested in Uttar Pradesh for objectionable comments against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Supreme Court Grants Bail to Journalist Prashant Kanojia, Says Citizen's Liberty Sacrosanct.
Kerala CM's statement comes after the Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Tuesday said that around 149 people have been arrested in the state for posting remarks against Vijayan. "What is happening in Kerala is similar to the developments in Uttar Pradesh ruled by Yogi Adityanath," Chennithala said. Prashant Kanojia, Arrested Over Tweet on Yogi Adityanath, To Be Released Immediately, Orders Supreme Court.
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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in state assembly: 119 people have been booked for derogatory posts against the CM on social media, since the government assumed charge. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/CQO3fMEPVC
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"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," the Congress leader added.
The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday asked Uttar Pradesh government to release Kanojia, who was arrested by police for posting a tweet mocking CM Yogi Adityanath. A vacation bench of Justices Ajay Rastogi and Indira Banerjee said that the Right to Liberty, a fundamental right, is non-negotiable.