RTI activist murder case: Brahmin community wants action against media

RTI activist murder case: Brahmin community wants action against media

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-05-10 12:34 Mangaluru: A group of members from Gouda Saraswath Brahman Community have approached the city police demanding action against media for making false allegations against Kashi Math Samsthan in connection with the murder of RTI activist Panduranga Vinayak Baliga.The memorandum presented to the police commissioner said that both print and visual media had made false and baseless news that Kashi Math pontiff Samyaminda Tirtha's assistant Vishwanath Bhat has been taken into custody by the police in connection with the Baliga murder case.The news, the members argued, had insulted entire GSB community. Hence, police should take action against editor, publisher and channel owners of media organisations, the memorandum urged.After receiving the memorandum, police commissioner Chandra Sekhar assured of looking into the case after seeking legal opinion. He also appealed to the media not to publish unsubstantiated news. “Media should be prudent while publishing or telecasting sensitive news and verification is a must,” he added.When media persons sought to know whether Vishwanath Bhat had been arrested by the police, Chandra Sekhar said that police had picked up Vishwanath Bhat only for questioning. When asked about the timeframe for filing charge-sheet in Baliga's case, the police commissioner said a primary charge-sheet would be filed soon and if there was any additional information, it would be later attached with the main charge-sheet. Ample evidence to prove Shenoy's involvement: PC Chandra Sekhar confirmed the involvement of Naresh Shenoy, a key suspect in the murder of RTI activist Vinayak Baliga. He said that police had ample evidence to prove his involvement. “Along with him, two others Srikanth and Shailesh are also absconding. However, the reason for the murder will be revealed only after detaining the key accused,” he informed.Don't spread rumorsChandra Sekhar also asked public and media to desist from spreading rumours. He said some were doing it to divert the attention of the police and to derail the probe. “People should not spread rumours. If police finds anyone engaging in false-propaganda, strict action will be taken against them,” he cautioned.