Bengaluru: Court grants interim injunction on publication of defamatory news against 6 ministers

Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Mar 7: The additional and sessions court court here has granted six Karnataka ministers temporary injunction on publishing or broadcasting defamatory news against them. The ministers had sought the intereference of the court in the light of BJP leader Ramesh Jarkiholi's resignation following the release of a sleaze video purpotedly involving him and a woman from north Karnataka.

Judge of 26th city additional and sessions court conducted inquiry on the appeal submitted by ministers Shivaram Hebbar, Dr K Sudhakar, S T Somashekhar, Bhairathi Basavaraju, B C Patil and Narayana Gowda. The judge gave interim order to all kinds of media not to publish or broadcast any CD with defamatory content or news against these ministers that are not verified.

The judge also sent out notices to the media houses which are shown as defendants in the complaint given by the six ministers and postponed the inquiry to March 31.

The court opined that the complainants hold high positions in the government. If any news which is not verified or authenticated is broadcast against them, it will bring disrepute to their status. Their honour in society and close family will be harmed.

The court also said in its verdict that citizens have the right to know about their leaders. Similarly, media also has freedom of speech. It is the duty of media to broadcast the issues in which the conduct of elected representatives are evaluated by the public. At the same time, the complainants also have the right to get themselves protected from the damage that occurs to their reputation and honour due to the broadcasting or prinitng of derogatory news.

The six ministers, in their complaint have mentioned that the media is propagating news that there are 19 CDs still with them which are connected to minister and MLAs of the present government. They also will be released soon. These kind of rumours are making the public to question us. We feel embarassed.

Minister Yogeshwar said that people of Kanakapura and Belagavi are behind the release of sex CD of Ramesh Jarkiholi. He said that the whole episode is political plot. The people behind this plot will face the consequences in coming days.

The ministers, who approached the court have defended their action by saying that there are attempts to defame their repuration and political image and that is why they had to approach the court. Due to technology available these days anything can be done. We have approached court with our political future in mind. Some people are jealous of the good work we are doing as ministers.

Minister S T Somashekar said, "We have not approached the court out of fear. But we have appealed not to become victims of political vendetta. If derogatory news of two or three minutes are broadcast against us, the public of our constituency, where we have been doing politics since 20 years, will think bad about us."

Bhairati Basavaraj said, "It is common for people in public life to face challenges. But is inevitable to face the evil forces when plots are hatched against us. There is a suspicion that plot is being hatched against ministers who are revered by public for their good work."

Dr K Sudhakar said, "I am in public life since four decades. People also know how am I. Even then we have approached court as anything can be done to black mail and damage the repuration of a person due to the technology that is available these days. An attempt is being made to threaten those who have joined from other parties in order to weaken the BJP government."

Shivaram Hebbar said, "We have not approached the court out of fear. If there is truth in what the media is saying, let them release the CD. We have approached the court to prevent any kind of dishonour due to graphic editing."

Agriculture minister B C Patil said, "As a son of a farmer, I have grown upto this level without any Godfather. Many people are not able to digest this fact. That is why, in order to protect our honour without falling into any political vendetta, we have approached the court."




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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    All of them look like Kannada film Villains ..Vajramuni ,thoogudeepa srinivas,PRabhakar,Shakthiprasad

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  • DSouza, Ullala

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Kumbalkai Kalla andre, Hegalu Mutkond Nodkondranthey

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  • Richard, India

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    A slap on the face of every right thinking citizen. An elected public servant can do any corruption and seek protection from public scrutiny. The public has no more right to know .

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  • Sunil K, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    If these 6 BJP ministers (and may be more) are worried about media shaming then they should not indulge in any immoral or illegal acts. What do bhaktas have to say ? Do you support immoral people ?

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Now for us it is sure that these people involved in such kind of affairs earlier , they are not sure whether it is recorded or not........ Indian Cultural Protectors..........?? First of all their own spouse and families should distance those animals......

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  • Rational thinker, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    This is ridiculous! If they are all straightforward and innocent what are they afraid of? It is not an easy job to create a video/CD out of nothing. It strongly points towards foul play or involvement in scandals. Hope you all agree with me.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Ayyyyo...why those ministers (some of them are very old ) are soo scared when they came to know 19 more cd's are in the queue....Evenif they shut the mouths of media, people clear cut understood by their photos....Kumaranna also acared....If these people are so much worried about their families, why do they do such filthy acts behind the curtains? All are humans....all have respect, prestige in the society. Let the sc say, not to publish anyone's privacy in the media...Why only politicians? We elect , our representatives, we pay for them and we don't have right means ???

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Cynthi, 'CD Baghya' for Yeddy.... ...Tak...Takk...

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    While court grants INJUNCTION, at the same time judge should have given order to give Covid19 INJECTION to all 6 MLAs. It would have been better that what I believe.

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  • Altaf Sheikh, Kulshekar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Never ever vote for these guys....Thats it..

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Next all ministers join this group. Because most of them do /have illegal relations and also activities.

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Yesss!!! As I said yesterday, "Dal mein kuch Kala, Balki poori Dal hee Kaali "

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  • satish, Shirva

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    kumbalakai kalla andre, hegalu mutti nodikonda 😃😃😃

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Which authority is there to verify either news or videos? Who will be in control of this authority? What guarantee that they are beyond the reach or influence powerful politicians? Will the whistle blowers get the protection until the verification process finishes and the guilty get due legal judgement? These questions should be taken into consideration by the honable court before giving its final verdict.

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Law system in Karnataka is sold to ministers if they have not done anything wrong why they approached the court ... Something is fishy....

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  • GURKA, Mangaluru

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    This shows clear frustration of our SO Called Leaders !! see how they are misusing the system in their favour !! A leader should be clean by character to lead the people. People gathering and voting these kind of maroon on a social platform. Yeddi cant do anything alone this has to be done by a team work to safe guard the party interest. People should remember these people while next time voting !! even dont vote anyone ! country will move on without these maroons

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Why only for these 6 ministers why not for all ministers and ordinary people too???????..........Then what is the meaning of UCC ??????????...........In this particular case involving Jarkiholli the RTI activist has all the proof before the court. Its free media but has solid evidence. Nobody will go to such an extent of defamatory without proof. Hum Kare Tho God Thum Kare Tho Dog.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 07 2021

    Why are we stopped from speaking the Truth ...

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