Trial Court Sex-for-job scandal: 67 media houses barred from publishing defamatory...

Sex-for-job scandal: 67 media houses barred from publishing defamatory content against Karnataka Ministers

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Bengaluru, Mar 6 (ILNS) A local court today prohibited 67 media houses from either broadcasting or publishing any defamatory content against six Karnataka ministers belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party, who were allegedly involved in the sex-for-job scandal.

Additional City Civil and Sessions Judge Abdulrahiman A Nandgadi granted ex-parte ad-interim injunction in favour of the six Ministers and restrained the media houses from publishing or telecasting in a negative or sarcastic manner, contents of the CD, which led to the scandal.

However, the order clarified that the media houses can publish authenticated and true news on the subject after verification, without making any defamatory remarks against the Ministers.

B Basavaraj, Dr K Sudhakar, BC Patil, Shivram Hebbar, HT Somashekar and KC Narayana Gowda, all Ministers in the Karnataka government, had moved the Court after Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, in the BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government, tendered his resignation. Mr Jarkiholi was accused of demanding sexual favours from an unidentified woman in exchange for a job. A CD in this regard was also leaked in this connection.

The Ministers prayed that media should be prevented from airing or publishing any defamatory or unauthenticated content about them in relation to the CD.

“The Defendants are hereby restrained by an order of an exparte ad-interim injunction from telecasting or publishing or broadcasting or distribution in any form or manner of the contents of the alleged CD or any other material, negatively, referring to the Plaintiff leading to defamatory act, his dignity assassination or creating sarcastic views about him in any manner, including showing the footage and pictures involving negative spectrum, till the next date of hearing,” the Court ordered.

The six Ministers were part of the 17 rebel MLAs, who had tendered their resignation from the House in July, 2019, leading to the fall of the Congress-JD(S) coalition government and paving the way for the Yeddiyurappa-led BJP to come to power in the state.

Sixty-eight media houses, including daily newspapers, weeklies, tabloids, television channels, social media and news websites were arraigned as defendants in the case. Since one of the defendants had filed a caveat, no order was passed against it.

The matter will be heard next on March 18.

ILNS/SNG/JR

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