Congress president Rahul Gandhi today criticized Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and condemned the arrest of three journalists for allegedly "defaming" Yogi Adityanath, saying the Chief Minister was "behaving foolishly".
The arrests over the weekend sparked a huge debate on social media on freedom of expression in the country.
"If every journalist who files a false report or peddles fake, vicious RSS/BJP sponsored propaganda about me is put in jail, most newspapers/ news channels would face a severe staff shortage. The UP CM is behaving foolishly & needs to release the arrested journalists," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
Soon after Rahul’s tweet, Supreme Court ordered immediate release of Prashant Kanojia, on a plea filed by his wife. The fate of the other two arrested journalists is not known immediately.
A total of five people, including freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia, were arrested in two days on charges of posting allegedly objectionable content about the Chief Minister.