This is the matter that was read by Kiran Thakur in the assembly.
“news.chennaionline.com” website has published some parts of the transcript of what Kiran Thakur the editor of Tarun Bharat said in the Assembly today.
The Editor of Tarun Bharat the Marathi Daily was summoned to the assembly today as it was ascertained that he was guilty of a breach of privilege of Two members of the house. A protest rally was also organized in Belgaum in this regard to support the editor by various organizations and later gave a memorandum to the DC.
According to the site :
Tarun Bharat Editor Kiran Dhondopant Thakur was today reprimanded in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly for his writings in his newspaper against Legislators Abay Patil and S B Ghatge.
When the House assembled, Speaker K G Bopaiah asked the Marshals to call Mr Thakur and when he came and stood in the House, the opposition insisted that he be made to stand in the Dock. As he was made to stand in the Dock, the Speaker called Mr Thakur to express his regret saying that the House based on a Privilege Committee report has called him to reprimand him. Mr Thakur red out his prepared statement stating that “at the outset, with humility, I would submit that the two legislators– Abhay Patil and Sham Ghatge– respected members of this House have blown the matter out of proportion. This step was unwarranted and uncalled for.” “I assert that I have high respect for this House and its Members. My newspaper has never published any material to undermine the dignity and supremacy of this House. Sir, news items carried by my newspaper were reports gathered by my reporters, mainly collected through the news agencies such as the PTI, the internet, public grievances and the court orders.
I humbly say and submit that my newspaper has not carried any matter which would lower the esteem of this House,” he added. Mr Thakur said as an Editor, he has always been conscious of the language used in his news paper and has never used any abusive or unparliamentary language either against the House or against any of the Members. “I have highest respect for this house and I will be at all times conscious to uphold the dignity of this House.” He admitted that being the head of several institutions, he had to rely on his subordinates and the editorial staff and therefore unable to scan each and every news item. “Hence, if inadvertently or even remotely any act or omission on my part has invaded the supremacy of this House, I assure this House that it will not be repeated,” he added. However, the Opposition parties insisted that Mr Thakur should express his regret and merely assuring not to repeat is not acceptable.
Following which the Speaker asked Mr Thakur whether he expressed his regret. Mr Thakur said, “I regret and assure it will not be repeated.” When members stated that the House should explain that the issue was in any way concerned with language or border issue with neighbouring Maharashtra. The Speaker said “this issue has no relation to any other issue, whether language or other. People in Belgaum and living in bordering villages are living in harmony and should continue to maintain peace and harmony.”