NEW DELHI — The Uttar Pradesh Polce arrested a Delhi-based journalist on Saturday for sharing what was considered an objectionable post on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on social media.
On the same day, a TV channel head and its editor have been arrested from Noida for airing defamatory content against UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Prashant Kanaujia, who is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Mumbai University and has been associated with several media organisations including The Wire, was arrested over a video he shared on his Twitter and Facebook profiles. The video shows a woman repeatedly expressing her desire to marry Yogi Adityanath.
An FIR was registered against him at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow by sub inspector Ashok Gupta posted in the cyber cell department alleging he tried to “malign” the Chief Minister’s image.
According to Suresh Chandra Rawat, SP East Lucknow, “An FIR was registered against Prashant for spreading false information and misusing the social media. He has been booked under section 67 of the information technology act, 500 and 505 of the IPC.”
In a separate case, the head of private television news channel Nation Live and its editor were arrested in Noida on Saturday.
During a debate show on the channel on June 6, a woman had allegedly made defamatory statements against Adityanath, the police said.
An additional complaint over the illegal operation of the channel was made by district additional director, information, at Phase 3 police station following which an FIR under IPC sections 420 (fraud), 467 (forgery of documents) and related offences was registered, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Vaibhav Krishna said, reports India Today.
(With inputs from media)