The Allahabad High Court today granted bail to freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia. Prashant was arrested by the UP Police on August 18, in connection to a FIR lodged against him for posting a morphed tweet related to Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
He had moved the High Court after the Lucknow District Court denied him any relief .
In an FIR registered by the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow on August 17.
Today, on 17/08/2020, while on official duty, we found that on Twitter and WhatsApp, a Facebook post taken from Sushil Tiwari of Hindu Army was morphed with the intent to defame Sushil Tiwari. Prashant Kanojia wrote, “It is Tiwari Ji’s direction that entry for SC/ST/OBC be banned in the Ram Mandir and everybody should raise their voice for this.”
“This was being circulated as a screenshot of Sushil Tiwari’s post. The viral screenshot of his social media message has been attached here. This kind of objectionable post will result in disturbing communal harmony, create tension between different communities and can hurt religious feelings, which can threaten law and order.”
According to the report of The Wire a Hindutva activist, Sushil Tiwari, posted a photograph of himself with the words – ‘UPSC se Islamic Study turant hatakar Vedic Study joda jai, sabhi log ek saath avaaz uthayein‘ (Let everyone demand that the UPSC remove Islamic Study and add Vedic Study’.
Later on some unknown persons circulating same image with changed wording: ‘Ram mandir mein Shudron, OBC, SC, ST ka pravesh nishedh rahega sabhi log ek saath avaaz uthayein‘, i.e. ‘Let everyone demand that Shudras, OBC, SC, ST not be allowed entry into the Ram mandir’.
However Police allege that Kanojia tweeted this morphed image and have invoked 9 sections of IPC Indian Penal Code against him. No action has been taken against Tiwari for his original post, the Wire reported.