Karwar: A suo motu case has been filed by the Karwar Rural Police against Chakravarty Sulibele, the founder of Yuva Brigade, for allegedly making derogatory statements about Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during his recent visit to the taluk.

Sulibele, who visited a temple at Bovivada in Kadavada village of Karwar taluk during his participation in the 'Janaganamana Abhiyana', addressed reporters on the occasion. He stated that Hindus in the state face challenges whenever Siddaramaiah comes to power, while Muslims enjoy a greater sense of security.

Taking serious note of his statement, especially in light of recent tense situations in Shivamogga, the Karwar Rural Police have initiated a suo motu case against Sulibele. He is being charged for his derogatory remarks against the Chief Minister and for making statements that could potentially create animosity between communities.

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New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday refused an NGO's plea to issue the Election Commission directions to upload polling station-wise voter turnout data on its website during the Lok Sabha polls, saying it would be difficult for the poll panel to to mobilise manpower.

A vacation bench of Justices Dipankar Datta and Satish Chandra Sharma said it cannot issue any such directions at the moment as five phases of polling have concluded and two remain.

The top court adjourned the interlocutory application filed by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) to be listed before the regular bench after the elections and pointed out that prima facie it appears the prayers in the application are similar to the main petition pending since 2019 on the issue.

The bench said it would be difficult for the poll panel to mobilise manpower for uploading the voter turnout data on its website.

“Granting any relief in IA will amount to granting relief in the main petition which is pending,” the bench said.

On May 17, the top court had sought within a week a response from the Election Commission on the NGO's plea seeking a direction to upload polling station-wise voter turnout data on its website within 48 hours of the conclusion of polling for each phase of the Lok Sabha elections.

The ADR has filed an interim application in its 2019 PIL seeking directions to the poll panel that "scanned legible copies of Form 17C Part-I (Account of Votes Recorded)" of all polling stations be uploaded immediately after the polls.