A police case has been filed towards a senior journalist and a Hindi information channel on costs of spreading misinformation a few subsidy scheme launched by the Karnataka authorities to profit minority communities. The fees towards Aaj Tak and its Consulting Editor, Sudhir Chaudhary embody ‘selling enmity between completely different teams on grounds of faith’.
The case was filed following a grievance by an official from the Karnataka Minorities Improvement Company, who claims the accused unfold faux information concerning the scheme – in a programme aired on September 11 – and had sought to disturb communal concord within the Congress-ruled state. “… try is being made to unfold hatred between Hindus and different religions. It is usually an try and create an environment of unrest and instigating communal riots,” the grievance mentioned.
The grievance additionally accused Mr Chaudhary of being “absolutely conscious of the assertion he’s making”.
In a publish on X (previously Twitter), a defiant Mr Chaudhary mentioned he’s “prepared for this battle”. “Bought details about FIR towards me by Congress authorities in Karnataka… with non-bailable sections. Meaning full preparation for arrest.”
कर्नाटक में कांग्रेस सरकार द्वारा मेरे ख़िलाफ़ FIR की जानकारी मिली।
सवाल का जवाब FIR ?
वो भी ग़ैर ज़मानती धाराओं के साथ।
यानी गिरफ़्तारी की पूरी तैयारी
मेरा सवाल ये था कि स्वावलंबी सारथी योजना में हिंदू समुदाय शामिल क्यों नहीं है ?
इस लड़ाई के लिए भी मैं तैयार हूँ।
अब अदालत… https://t.co/3loIh9rGNh
— Sudhir Chaudhary (@sudhirchaudhary) September 12, 2023
“My query was why the Hindu neighborhood just isn’t included within the self-reliant Sarathi scheme? I’m prepared for this battle additionally. Now meet in courtroom…” he tweeted.
The row over Mr Chaudhary’s declare has spilled over right into a slugfest between the Congress (in energy in Karnataka) and the Bharatiya Janata Get together (trounced within the Could Meeting election). From the previous camp, Karnataka minister Priyank Kharge has been energetic on X, taking up the information channel in query and the BJP. Late Tuesday evening – after the police case was filed – the channel appeared to delete the video of Mr Chaudhary’s programme from all of its social media accounts.
Undaunted, Mr Kharge shared a screenshot and mentioned, “Anchor of Aaj Tak is intentionally spreading misinformation on authorities schemes first began by BJP MPs… is being amplified by sections of media. That is deliberate and malicious…”
The anchor of @aajtak is intentionally spreading misinformation on Authorities schemes which was first began by BJP MPs & is being amplified by sections of media.
That is deliberate & malicious, Govt might be taking essential authorized motion pic.twitter.com/nD5FuAf3nu
— Priyank Kharge / ಪ್ರಿಯಾಂಕ್ ಖರ್ಗೆ (@PriyankKharge) September 12, 2023
Tonight Mr Kharge took purpose on the BJP’s state unit, mentioning what he noticed as a number of electoral and organisational challenges and taunting it for being “extra anxious a few information anchor who’s tarnishing the picture of Karnataka”.
What @BJP4Karnataka ought to actually be anxious about:
– no opposition chief in meeting
– no opposition chief in council
– an underneath performing state BJP President who was to get replaced
– JDS changing BJP as principal opposition
– mass exodus of BJP leaders & staff to… https://t.co/rIr0UlclWR
— Priyank Kharge / ಪ್ರಿಯಾಂಕ್ ಖರ್ಗೆ (@PriyankKharge) September 13, 2023
This was in response to the BJP Karnataka X account accusing the state of “harassing and threatening journalists exposing Siddaramaiah authorities’s rabid minority appeasement…”
BJP’s Tejasvi Surya Responds
Firebrand Lok Sabha MP Tejasvi Surya has additionally pitched in, accusing the Karnataka authorities of a “witch hunt”.
“For asking reliable questions on implementation of presidency scheme, Congress authorities of Karnataka is happening a witch-hunt towards Aaj Tak and Sri Sudhir Chaudhary by submitting FIRs. This state led witch-hunt is a direct assault on the liberty of press. Whether or not it is political opponents or impartial media that asks uncomfortable questions, the Congress authorities goes after everybody by abusing the legislation…” he declared.
This state led witch-hunt is a direct assault on the liberty of press.
Whether or not it is…
— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) September 13, 2023
Swavalambi Sarathi Defined
The Karnataka Minorities Improvement Company is providing a 50 per cent subsidy, or as much as Rs 3 lakh, to younger women and men with out jobs to purchase business autos and turn into self-employed.
Pointing to this and different such schemes, the KMDC mentioned “These schemes weren’t just for the minority neighborhood… but in addition obtainable for the Hindu neighborhood’s unemployed youths.”
It was additionally identified these schemes had, in truth, been carried out by the previous authorities, which was led by the Bharatiya Janata Get together, which was defeated within the Could election.
“… however the information channel twisted this, saying it had been meant just for minorities normally, and Muslims specifically, thereby doing injustice to the Hindus. This was false and malicious…”
With enter from PTI