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Karnataka HC sets aside gag order obtained by BJP candidate Tejasvi Surya

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Apr 13: The Karnataka high court on Friday April 13 set aside the temporary injunction order obtained by BJP's Bengaluru South candidate Tejasvi Surya to stop media from reporting anything defamatory against him.

The 28-year-old had approached a lower court and obtained gag order against 49 media outlets, television channels and social media platforms. However, the high court in its ruling advised Surya to approach the Election Commission if any reports against him were defamatory.


Surya got stuck in a political storm soon after BJP announced him as a candidate from Bengaluru South. The seat was held by the late former union minister Ananth Kumar and his wife Tejaswini Ananth Kumar was promised the seat. However, the sudden change of plans by BJP top leaders upset the local party workers.

Also, the controversial posts by Surya on social media over the years caught the media’s eye. After he announced his candidature, social media posts from women alleging Surya had sexual harassed them appeared.

The order on Friday was passed by a division bench which included chief justice of the high court, Justice L Narayana Swamy. The successful challenge to Surya’s gag order was made by the ‘Democratic Reforms Organisation.’

The petitioners who had opposed Surya’s gag order argued that voters had a right to know more about their candidate and that court could not stop the media from such reporting as that would affect the nature of free and fair elections.


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  • SmR, Karkala

    Mon, Apr 15 2019

    The BJP and Modiji want 'Selfie with daughter', but allot ticket to a candidate who abuses women physically and trolls. This is the same party gave tickets in the assembly elections who caught watching 'Porn' in the assembly, found in explicit video with the sex worker and even promoted party president who has a pending case against mysterious death of his own wife.

    BJP manifesto of 2019 has women mentioned 37 times in the 48-page manifesto. BJP 2014 manifesto check the Modi government done very little for women’s empowerment.

    Launching a national campaign called Beti Bachao Beti Padhao for saving the girl child and educating her.
    Status: The Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme was launched in 2015 with the aim of addressing India’s warped child sex ratio. However, of the Rs 648 crore allocated towards the scheme since its launch, 56% has been spent on advertising and publicity, and only 25% has been disbursed to the states for actual implementation on the ground.
    Implementation of laws related to women, particularly those related to rape.
    Status: In April 2018, the government introduced the death penalty for those convicted of raping children below the age of 12, but no particular moves were made to improve the implementation of existing laws related to women.
    Dispensing funds for relief and rehabilitation of rape victims that lay unused at the Centre.
    Status: The Nirbhaya Fund, set up to compensate victims of rape and other forms of sexual abuse, remained unspent.
    If BJP candidate Tejasvi Surya wants the only gag of media, but its ministers in Jammu and Kashmir participated in the protest rally in favor of rape accused of 8 years old nomad girl. In UP MLA's rape victim tried to commit suicide in front of CM Yogi's residence. Even caught Tripura minister Monoj Kanti Deb was caught on camera groping a woman ministerial colleague on stage during PM Modi's rally in Agartala.
    The BJP still calls itself 'Sanskari' while RSS Guruji Savarkar prescribes rape.
    Jai Hind

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  • Arun, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    See after one or two rape cases or murder, then only he will be perfect politician. That's why our democracy called Indian dirty politics.

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  • Chowkidar Chor Hai, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    The man is even ashamed to use the full name of his father Suryanarayana as surname — he thinks just Surya will attract women to him! Grow up kiddo!!!

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  • Desh Premi, Bangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Biggest womanizer but he vl gang up and protest and beat up innocent people in the name of moral policing very soon. Don't know from where Feku and gang gets these kal nayaks

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Noble Hindu woman will come near to him or see him or hang around this guy...., as it may potentially degenerate their honor/grace & respect in the eyes of Hindu society...!!!

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  • A A, Dubai

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Please do not call him womaniser or woman abuser....he is still a Horlicks and Bournvita drinker...He is a highly innocent man

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Women from Bengaluru South should teach this arrogant Womanizer a Lesson ...

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  • Chowkidar Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Oldies who couldn't do anything in their life are feeling jealous of this 28 year old achiever.
    Take chill pill!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Chowkidar Shankar, Mangaluru
    We don't touch other peoples Women ...

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  • MeinBhiFenku, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    But " bjpeeeeeee" desh bhakts people are expert ........

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  • D.Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    yes days are nearing that even your woman should wear black gown....

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  • RK, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Irrespective of parties most of the karnataka politicians are scared of entry of Tejaswi soorya or similar caliber young leaders.

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  • JP, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Because he is womanizer??

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