On the heels of the Supreme Court demanding the UP government to release freelance journalist Prashant Kanojia who was jailed for allegedly defaming UP CM Yogi Aditynath, new reports of intolerance have emerged from Karnataka on Tuesday.
As per sources, High Grounds police have arrested two men identified as Siddaraju and Jaumaraju based on a complaint filed by Lokesh. The complainant has claimed that the two men abused CM HD Kumaraswamy, former PM HD Devegowda and Nikhil Kumaraswamy during a Facebook live on May 23, according to sources. Siddaraju and Jaumaraju, residents of Karnataka's Ramanagara district, have since then deleted the video on Facebook after drawing flak on the social media platform.
Here are the photos of the two arrested youths:
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court said journalist Prashant Kanojia who was arrested for objectionable tweet against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, should be released immediately on bail. Justifying their claims the apex court said that though they do not appreciate his actions, it is no grounds on putting someone behind bars.
Arrested under charges relating to Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66 of the IT Act, the 26-year-old was lodged in the Lucknow jail and had along with his wife, Jagisha moved the Supreme Court for his release.
This is not the first instance of attempted curbing of freedom of the press. The Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy himself had filed an FIR against Vishwavani editor Vishweshwar Bhat for criminal breach of trust, criminal defamation, forgery, fraud, intentional insult to breach peace amongst others, as he had carried an article with alleged derogatory remarks about Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy's son - Nikhil Gowda.
The article had alleged that Nikhil Kumaraswamy had gone on a rampage against his grandfather and JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda after his Mandya Lok Sabha loss to late Kannada superstar Ambareesh's wife Sumalatha Ambareesh who contested as an independent by a margin of 1,25,876 votes. The article also alleged that Nikhil was unhappy that the family party had not done enough to ensure his victory at the beginning of his political career.