KB Koliwad was also sentenced to a fine of 10,000 rupees, otherwise, he will take another six months to jail.
Karnataka: President condemns two prison editors for allegedly defamatory articles on MLA
Karnataka Assembly Speaker KB Koliwad (top right) Wednesday imposed a prison sentence of one year and a fine of 10,000 rupees a day on the editors of two local tabloids have published defamatory articles two attachments. Koliwad added that publishers will have to attend an additional six-month jail term if they do not share the fine, reported the last-minute news.
Koliwad announced the ruling by Anil Raj and Ravi Belagere after a committee of investigation privileges, led by Yelahanka MLA SR Vishwanath recommended punitive action against the editors. Raj Yalahanka Voice published an article on the BJP MP, Vishwanath, while Belagere weekly Kannada, Bangalore had published an article on the MP Shiraguppa, MLA Nagaraj. In a follow-up article, Yelahanka’s voice stated that Vishwanath was suffering from mental illness.
“The State Assembly has decided to punish Canadian tabloid journalists for publishing defamatory articles against lawmakers,” Koliwad told the assembly, according to PTI. The two companies, however, may challenge the Assembly’s ruling, reported the last-minute news.
This is not the first time that the President of the House of Representatives passed a decision of this type. In 1992, the editor of Tarun Bharat was summoned and reprimanded for his article against the house. However, no punitive measures were taken against publication.
Similar incidents occurred in Tamil Nadu as well. In April 1987, the editor of S Balasubramanian Tamil week was sentenced to three months imprisonment for a cartoon, India reported today. He mocked a member of the legislature and a minister. Prior to that, Tamil Nadu Assembly President Tamil Vania Struma AM Paulraj was sentenced to two weeks’ imprisonment for an allegedly contemptuous piece in July 1985.