Attack on journalists: Moily blames Karnataka govt

Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa Moily sought to blame the BJP govt in Karnataka for the attack on journalists.

Updated: Mar 03, 2012, 16:33 PM IST

Bangalore: Corporate Affairs Minister M
Veerappa Moily on Saturday sought to blame the BJP government in
Karnataka for the attack on journalists, saying it failed to
act beforehand as trouble was brewing for some time.
Moily, a former Karnataka Chief Minister, described
yesterday`s incidents at the civil court complex here as "very
shocking" and that "we should hang our head in shame".

"This cannot happen. Why these things should happen in
Karnataka, Bangalore in particular?", he told reporters on the
sidelines of a function here.
"I don`t think all of a sudden it (yesterday`s incidents)
must have happened," he said, adding that the government
should have acted on information (intelligence) it had.

"This has been brewing since sometime according to my
understanding and you (the government) allow that to escalate.
You should have stopped it long back," Moily said.

A section of advocates attacked journalists who had come
to cover the proceedings of the Special CBI court where mining
baron G Janardhana Reddy was produced. Several journalists and
scores of policemen were injured in the incident.
The lawyers apparently targeted the journalists for
"negative coverage" of the January 17 episode, when hundreds
of advocates poured into the busy K G Road protesting "shabby
treatment" of one their colleagues by police, triggering a
seven-hour gridlock inconveniencing the public.

Asked if a judicial enquiry that the government has
ordered is the "solution", Moily said, "What will happen with
judicial probe? What kind of investigation will happen?".

He said the government, media and the legal community
should sit together and resolve the differences and see that
such incidents do not recur, adding that one has to get to the
root of the problem.