Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday
ordered issue of notices to the central and state governments,
Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda and others on a batch of
PILs praying for a direction to the Press Council to initiate
action against media for `defaming` the legal profession in
connection with the March 2 violence in a city court complex.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen
also ordered issue of notices to DGP and IGP Shankar Bidari
and Home Minister R Ashoka on the PILs which also sought
action against police for alleged attack of advocates.
It adjourned further hearing on the petitions to March
Ramya P in her PIL contended that the incident in city
civil court premises on March 2 had resulted in defaming the
legal profession in the electronic and print media and had
hurt the sentiments of the advocates and law students.
Ramya sought a direction to the Press Council of India
(PCI) to initiate disciplinary proceedings against TV
channels for allegedly defaming the legal profession and also
to curtail "unethical reporting and telecasting".
Another PIL by Ranganath M R sought a CBI inquiry into
alleged "arson and atrocities" committed by the police
personnel against lawyers and their property and penal action
against the Principal Secretary, DGP and Police Commissioner.
He contended that the action of the police in carrying
out indiscriminate baton charge at the city civil court was
"an assault on the judiciary and administration of justice".
Principal City Civil and Sessions Judge Budhihal too was
assaulted in the incident, he claimed.
Another petitioner S Ramesh Kumar sought a direction to
media houses to lodge all information regarding the deputation
of the crew or personnel with the judicial administration
authorities of the respective court complexes.
Nalina Mayegowda and another in a PIL contended that the
incident had created a fear psychosis among the lawyers.
Sixty-five people, including 52 police personnel, were
injured when lawyers attacked mediapersons who were in the
city civil court complex to cover the appearance of former
minister and mining baron Janardhan Reddy in a mining case.