May 19, 2022

Six Karnataka Ministers appeal to court seeking injunction against media houses

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Six ministers from the BJP-led government of Karnataka have appealed to a city court on Friday, asking for an injunction against newspapers and TV channels due to publishing defamatory content against them.

The six ministers who took the move are Agriculture Minister BC Patil, Cooperation Minister HT Somashekar, Labour Minister Shivaram Hebbar, Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar, Urban Development minister Bhyrati Basavaraj and Municipal Administration minister KC Narayan Gowda.

All of these ministers are among the 17 MLAs from the prior JD(S)-Congress coalition, who have done a rebellion and given their resignations. Post their disqualification from the Legislative Assembly Speaker citing anti-defection law, there were taken to Mumbai by flight and lodged at a hotel.

Sudhakar wrote on Twitter about their appeal to the court. He wrote about it as a , “precaution to prevent the telecast of unverified reports”. Such reports can tarnish the image cultivated over a lifetime.”

After the political drama, all of them returned and took a call to join BJP. All of them had been re-elected in the 2019 elections and were subsequently inducted to the Cabinet in 2020, together with MLA Ramesh Jarkiholi, who had resigned from the Cabinet post a sleaze CD evolved.

Their petition was considered at the Additional City Civil Sessions court on Friday and orders are anticipated on Saturday, March 6.

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