Bengaluru: Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to Journalist Ajith Hanumakkanavar of Suvarna News Channel in case pertaining to his defamatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed and Islam in December 2018. Hearing the application filed by Mohammed Shareef, an SDPI member and issued a notice to the journalist.
The infamous case had called for public ire against the Kannada news channel and one of their leading journalists who had defamed Muslim messenger Prophet Mohammed and had made derogatory remarks against him.
Over 800 complaints were filed across police stations in state but only two of them had registered an FIR in this regard. Ajith had then moved to Karnataka High Court seeking its intervention to quash the FIRs and High Court ruled in his favour and quashed the FIRs.
Shareef, had then moved to Supreme Court of India in the case and had filed a petition in this regard, hearing which the SC issued notice to Ajith and state govt.
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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.