The journalist was arrested for tweeting a defamatory video about Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The SC added that arrest and remand was illegal, which resulted in “deprivation of personal liberty”.
“Opinions may vary, the journalist probably should not have published or written that tweet, but on what basis was he arrested?” the top court asked.
The SC also asked why Kanojia was ordered to be in remand for 11 days. “Is he a murder accused?” the court asked. “If there is deprivation of personal liberty, Supreme Court can interfere.”