Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government on Wednesday slapped cases on 119 people for posting objectionable comments on social media against Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the past three years. 

This comes a day after Supreme Court granted bail to a journalist, who was held for posting an objectionable video against Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

The cases have been registered against 12 state government, quasi-government employees, one central government employee and 106 others. 

In January, during the Assembly session, Indian Union Muslim League leader MK Muneer questioned the chief minister  about the number of cases booked against people, who spoke against the chief minister. The reply to this question was uploaded on the website recently, which says cases have been registered against 119 people.

According to sources, 26 people were registered for posting abusive comments and videos against the chief minister during the time when Supreme Court gave its verdict on women's entry into Sabarimala last year. Three persons have been booked for ridiculing opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala too. 

Sources also suggest that ministers KT Jaleel, V Adbu Rahiman, Anwar, KK Shailaja, Speaker P Sreeramakrishnan, MLAs N Vijayan Pillai, MK Muneer, Raju Abraham, S Rajendran, Antony John, KV Adbul Khader, V Abdurahiman, K Ansalan, PC George, Anoop Jacob, VD Satheesan, KV Abdul Khader, B Sathyan and V Joy have lodged complaints against various social media users.

In October last year, a woman was booked for allegedly hurling casteist slurs on Pinarayi Vijayan.  The case was registered against Maniyamma of Pathanamthitta district, Kerala. Sunil Kumar of Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP) filed a complaint against the woman. This incident happened when the protests were on against the Supreme Court verdict on women's entry into Sabarimala. The state government's decision of enforcing the verdict of the Supreme Court then had invited the wrath of many citizens. The woman abused Vijayan by calling out his caste in public.