HC orders issue of notices to Centre, Karna govt
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2012, 00:47
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 14.

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.


First Published: Thursday, March 08, 2012, 00:47

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