Bengaluru, November 30: The Cyber Crime Police filed an FIR against Postcard News website founder Mahesh Vikram Hegde on charges of posting insulting reports against AICC former president Sonia Gandhi and AICC president Rahul Gandhi in social media, in the city on Friday.

KPCC secretary AN Nataraj Gowda lodged a complaint with City Police Commissioner T Sunil Kumar against Vikram Hegde alleging that the latter has been spreading false news and posting insulting news in order to tarnish the image of the Congress leaders. Based on this, the Cyber Crime police lodged an FIR against Mahesh Vikram Hegde, it is said.

Speaking to reporters, AN Nataraj Gowda said that he has complained against the accused who has been posting derogatory statements in foul language against the Congress leaders and the police should arrest him and take action.

He was notorious for posting such false news and he was arrested once. He was facing lot of serious charges and there was an allegation that he has been instigating the communal clashes. So, the police should arrest him and take legal action, he demanded.

KPCC Legal Cell general secretary Surya Mukundaraj was present.

“Police have been searching”

‘I have lodged a complaint against Mahesh Vikram Hegde who has been spreading false news against Congress leaders in the social media and the police have been searching for him.’

-          AN Nataraj Gowda, KPCC Secretary

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Bengaluru: The Karnataka High Court on Saturday observed that no student above the age of 18 years, teachers, and staff can be allowed to attend schools and colleges unless they have received at least one jab of the COVID vaccine.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum was hearing a PIL filed by Mangaluru doctor Srinivas B Kakkilaya and others. The bench dismissed the PIL and said at least one dose of the COVID vaccine should be mandatorily taken by those attending schools and colleges.

The PIL had claimed that the circular issued by the state government on July 16, 2021, making vaccination mandatory in nature was in violation of fundamental rights as guaranteed under Articles 14 and 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution of India.

It had also added that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has maintained that the vaccination does not prevent the spread of the virus hence has little potential of stopping the pandemic.

According to the petitioners, such discrimination based on unreasonable classification, such as status of vaccination of an individual, is curbing the rights to practice any profession. The petitioners further claimed that the circular violates the dictum of the Supreme Court in the Common Cause Vs Union of India (2018) case which recognized the right, choice, and liberty of an individual to prefer the medicine of his/ her choice.

“We are of the considered view that no student, teacher or staff who have not received vaccines shall be permitted to attend the school or college, where the students gather in large numbers and risk them. As such no directions can be issued to permit such teachers, students, or staff who have not received at least one dose of vaccine to attend colleges in terms GO dated July 16, 2021,” the court said.