Bangalore: Soorinje Arrest - Journalists' Delegation Approaches CM

Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore

Bangalore, Dec 5: A delegation of senior journalists on Tuesday December 4 submitted a memorandum to chief minister Jagadish Shettar urging early release of journalist Naveen Soorinje, who has been arrested in connection with the attack on a home stay in Mangalore on July 28 this year.

The delegation met the CM at his official residence 'Krishna' and submitted their appeal, in which they urged him to reconsider the facts of the case as presented by the Mangalore police.

They also requested the CM to ensure that the state does not challenge Soorinje's bail application when it comes up before the high court.

The delegation in its memorandum stated that Soorinje's evidence in the case had helped the state government to bring the culprits to book, but instead of being listed as a witness, Soorinje was made an  accused and charged under the same sections of the IPC as attackers.

The delegation entreated the CM to withdraw the charges filed against Soorinje, claiming that vested interests were behind his arrest and prolonged custody.

In reply, Shettar assured that he will hold discussions in this regard with senior police officers and legal experts and take appropriate action.

Speaking on the occasion, senior journalist Dinesh Amin Mattu alleged that Hindu Jagarana Vedike (HJV) and some police officers together had a hand in Soorinje's arrest.

Other senior journalists like Parvati Menon, Krishnaprasad, Laxman Hoogar and others were present.

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  • Dinesh Shetty, Mumbai

    Thu, Dec 6 2012

    I would like to know from the public, (1) How was mediaman Naveen Sooranje at the homestay venue with his camera team prior to the arrival of the goons ? (2) Did Naveen Sooranje actually inform the Police about the intending act of the goons ? (3) If he could not get the CI or SI of Mangalore Rural Police Station ( as claimed ), did he make an attempt to call Police control room no.100 ?

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    Thu, Dec 6 2012

    i can't imagine that Journalists are asking the culprit to release the whistle blower! Explore the legal options and bring the politicians to justice. Enough political goondagiri!

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  • jawahar, mangalore

    Thu, Dec 6 2012

    I hope there will be enough compensation paid for the false arrest of a noble worker and press reporter. India is curtailing the freedom of speech .

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  • Valli Danthy, Kanajar,Kuwait.

    Wed, Dec 5 2012

    Journalists knock the wrong door to help. I think there is no use and simply you waste your time and attempt though you know HJV is behind the arest of Mr.Soorinje, with some police officers.Hope Soorinje will release soon.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Wed, Dec 5 2012

    Dear journalists to whom you have submitted your Memorandum.??? He is one of them to act to save their face..?????????

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 5 2012

    Media is the only source of information and life line to general public. In this corrupt and violence ridden era, we can imagine the plight of common man without media and the intervention of courts! Governments should always take maximum restraint and the public should be taken into confidence when the journalist are arrested. Nevertheless everyone responsible for their acts including government and journalists. Courts have ultimate authority!

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