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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Kolkata, May 23: Alleging that the Union government was using central agencies to interfere in matters of the state, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday stated that the BJP-led dispensation was "bulldozing the country's federal structure".
Condemning the Centre's "attempts to interfere", she said that the "situation under the BJP-led government was more adverse than what it was under dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin or Benito Mussolini".
She also said that central agencies "should be given autonomy" if democracy was to be protected.
"The BJP-led central government is using the central agencies to interfere into the state affairs. It is bulldozing the federal structure of the country. There is a Tughlaqi rule in force," she maintained, addressing a press conference at the state secretariat.
Banerjee, without taking names, said that the "agencies cannot work because there is no autonomy. The autonomy lay in the hands of two persons and the BJP. Such political interference was not prevalent during the time of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin or Benito Mussolini".
Notably, the Bengal CM had long been accusing the BJP government at the Centre of using central agencies like the CBI, the ED to "harass" opponents, including those from her party.
The CBI is looking into a series of cases in Bengal involving violence, rape and smuggling, notable among them being incidents of post-poll violence after last year's assembly polls.
"I want the central government agencies to be given autonomy so that they can work impartially. There should not be any political vendetta. Let the government provide the agency employees with salary and nothing else. I am the first person to raise the issue... this has to be done if we want to save democracy in India," she insisted.
The CM, during the meeting, also criticised the alleged move by the Bihar Police to demolish huts in Malda on Friday.
"A team of police came from Bihar and demolished huts in bordering areas of Malda. You should have informed Bengal Police? What's happening in the country?"
The Bihar Police allegedly demolished nine huts in West Bengal's Malda district along the inter-state boundary and assaulted several residents, including women, when they protested the drive, officials have said.