Bengaluru, Dec 31: Home Minister MB Patil said that as a number of cases were registered against the allegation that Suvarna News anchor Ajith Hanumakkanavar has defamed the Prophet, the government has taken the issue very seriously.

Calling on the Home Minister and discussed the issue here on Monday, Minister UT Khader urged Patil to take stringent action against those who defame any religion. Suspecting the conspiracy to disturb law and order situation in this case, Khader urged the Home Minister to take stringent legal action against those who insult the religious beliefs of any religions.

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A poster featuring Karnataka's Minister for Fisheries, Port, and Inland Transport, Mankal Vaidya, has stirred controversy as it circulates widely on social media. The poster supposedly conveys the minister's wishes to Republic Bharat on the launch of their Kannada News Channel.

Republic Network, led by Arnab Goswami, one of the news anchors who recently faced a boycott by the INDIA bloc alliance, owns and manages the Republic Network.

The viral poster suggests that it originally appeared on the minister's official Facebook page. However, Vartha Bharati, couldn't independently verify this claim because the minister's timeline lacked any such posts. Interestingly, several social media users assert that the post was later deleted from the minister's account.

The poster features Minister Mankal Vaidya's image alongside Arnab Goswami, accompanied by a quote congratulating Goswami on the launch of the new Kannada news channel.

The circulation of this viral poster has ignited debates and discussions on social media platforms.

When reached for comment, the minister's media team denied any involvement in posting such content and said they were investigating the origin of the poster.