Bail granted in UP Chief Minister’s defamation case
An FIR was lodged against Anuj Shukla, editor of news channel Nation Live under sections 419, 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code. He was arrested as allegedly he was operating the news channel without any possession of broadcast license. Along with this fraud and forgery case he allegedly also aired defamatory content relating to Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath. Hence a separate criminal defamation case was also instituted against him.
In his contention in the fraud and forgery case he through his advocate namely Prashant Sharma and Narendra Singh submitted that he was working merely as an employee and had no control over the channel, he was neither the owner nor the director of the news channel and therefore he has been falsely implicated in this case.
He was granted bail in the criminal defamation case on June 20, 2019 by the District and Sessions Court in Surajpur, Greater Noida. For the fraud and forgery case pending against him in the Allahabad High Court , the court took assistance from the previous judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in the case of Data Ram vs. State of UP and ors wherein it was held that granting of bail is the general rule of criminal jurisprudence and keeping a person in jail is an exception. With this precedent the Allahabad High Court granted bail to the editor Mr. Anuj Shukla on furnishing a bail bond and surety of like amount.