Karnataka: Court orders Media to not broadcast defamatory content against 6 Ministers!

As a shocking incident in Karnataka politics, Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi resigned from his post after a video of him with an unidentified woman went viral which led the opposition to target him.

When we are still unable to forget the incident, six ministers in the Karnataka cabinet moved a Bengaluru court to seek directives to restrict media outlets from publishing or telecasting any defamatory news against them.

In what it could be a temporary relief for the six saffron party Ministers, the Court refrained the media outlets and from publishing and telecasting news items against them that are defamatory in nature.

"They are restrained from broadcasting, telecasting or publishing or letting in circulation or posting or accommodating or transmitting or circulating any defamatory news items or showing footages and pictures referring to the plaintiffs in relation to alleged CDs," ANI quoted the court orders.

Labour Minister Shivaram Hebbar, Agriculture Minister BC Patil, Cooperation Minister S T Somashekar, Health Minister K Sudhakar, Youth Empowerment and Sports Minister K C Narayana Gowda, and Urban Development Minister Bhyrathi Basavaraj are the Ministers who knocked on the doors of the court.

The Ministers took the decision after several media outlets have claimed that they have not less than 19 CDs of sexual scandals of these six Ministers and the visuals will be released soon.

A joint suit has been filed in the court in which 68 media channels, social media outlets, and a social activist were named as respondents. They said these media reports are causing embarrassment to them and their families.

After the hearing, a court of the 26th additional civil and sessions judge issued a temporary injunction restricting the media outlets to broadcast or publish defamatory news against them until further orders.

The judge said the media outlets should verify the sources of their news before broadcasting them and the channels should be ready to take responsibility for such news. The verification process should be legally admissible.
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