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Karnataka Assembly Imposes Jail Term on 2 Journalists Over 'Defamatory Articles'

File photo of the Karnataka Assembly.

File photo of the Karnataka Assembly.

The decision was taken on the recommendation of the House Privileges Committee after an inquiry

Deepa Balakrishnan
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Bengaluru: The Karnataka Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution to impose a one year jail term on two journalists for writing defamatory articles against legislators.

The decision was taken on the recommendation of the House Privileges Committee after an inquiry. The committee felt that legislators' privileges were violated after a series of defamatory articles against them.

The two journalists — Ravi Belagere of ‘Hi Bangalore’ and Anil Raj who ran a tabloid called Yelahanka Voice — have also been asked to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.

This is the first time such a punishment has been imposed on journalists.

The articles were written in 2013. The case was taken up after complaints from BJP MLA from Yelahanka, S R Vishwanath, and Congress ' BM Nagaraj about being targeted by these two tabloids.

"It was a unanimous decision of the House, to act as a deterrent," said Speaker KB Koliwad.

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