Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (DV)
Mangaluru, Apr 15: Second additional district and sessions court acquitted coastal Karnataka's journalist Jaison Taccode who is at the forefront in the fight against corruption.
On September 20, 2017, Sheena B Naik chief officer of Moodbidri Town Municipal Councill had filed a complaint against Jaison on the charges of deterring public servant from discharging duty, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, a threat to life. The second additional district and sessions (Special) judge BR Pallavi after hearing the case, acquitted the accused as there was no substantial evidence to prove the case.
There is also evidence that Jaison Taccode is an editor of the newspaper by the name 'Times of Bedra' and there is also admissions to the effect that the accused was writing articles with regard to the corruption that was taking place in the functioning of the town municipality. There is also evidence that the accused had filed a writ petition before the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka in which there was an order against the chief officer," the court said.
The court in its order also stated that it can not be ruled that with this vengeance, the chief officer might have cooked up the incident so as to falsely implicate the accused in the case.
"The charges levelled against the accused have not been proved by placing cogent and satisfactory evidence. The prosecution has failed to prove the guilt of the accused beyond all reasonable doubt for the aforesaid offences and the accused is entitled to an order of acquittal," the court said.
Advocates PP Hegde, Rajesh Shetty, Mohini, Girish argued in favour of Jaison.
Expressing his opinion Jaison said, "Efforts were made to curb the struggle against corruption. The judges have given a morale boost for agitations against the injustices in the future."
Moodbidri inspector Ramachandra Nayak had registered the case under Sections 353, 448, 504, 506 of IPC and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. ACP Rajendra DS was appointed as an investigation officer. The court has examined 12 pieces of evidence in the case.