The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has been accused of constantly pressuring critics. However, this time the Allahabad High Court has given a landmark judgment granting relief to the accused in a case linked to the UP government’s criticism. In fact, a man named Yashwant Singh was accused of saying in a recent tweet that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has transformed the state into a jungle kingdom where there is no law and order. The police had registered an FIR in this regard.
However, the court said during the hearing of the case that expressing differences over the law and order situation is a feature of a constitutional democracy like India. Dismissing the FIR, Justice Pankaj Naqvi and Justice Vivek Agarwal said that freedom of expression is protected under Article 19 of our Constitution.
It is learned that the police had registered a case against Yashwant under Section 66-D of the IT Act (fraud using computer) and Section (00 (defamation)) of the IPC. In his tweet, Singh mentioned several incidents of kidnapping, murder and ransom.
However, the Allahabad High Court had ruled in the case that no case of offense under the clauses used against the accused has been registered, hence the case is dismissed. Singh’s lawyer Dharmendra Singh also told the court that it was part of anyone’s constitutional right to comment on state affairs. The difference cannot be a crime. An FIR was lodged due to misconduct to prevent the petitioner from expressing his views against the state government.
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