A freelance journalist and former employee with The Wire & Indian Express was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh. The arrest was made on the basis of an FIR filed at the Hazratganj Police Station, Lucknow under IPC Section 500 (punishment for defamation) and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act, 2008.

The FIR against Prashant Kanojia, a 26-year-old was based on comments on his Twitter Page.