Kiran Thakur, editor of the city based Tarun Bharat news paper has been summoned by the Karnataka Legislative Assembly to appear before it on July 30 and reprimand him for breach of privilege of two members.
A motion was unanimously was passed for this by the house on Monday. Besides summoning him for “maximum reprimand,” the Assembly decided to recommend to the Press Council of India to derecognise the daily, and also asked Mr Thakur to tender a public apology to Mr Abhay Patil and Mr S.B. Ghatage, the two MLAS who had lodged the breach of privilege complaint in May this year.
Belgaum south BJP MLA, Abhay Patil had complained to the speaker about Tarun Bharat had been publishing baseless reports tarnishing his image for over the last three years . He had said the paper had published reports accusing him of grabbing land on the pretext of widening roads, and trying to demolish a Marathi school. He had alleged that the paper blamed him for creating tension between Kannadigas and Marathi-speaking people.
Ghatge, a Congress MLA from Kuduchi of Raibagh taluk, Belgaum, had alleged that a report in the paper had accused him of swindling money from a school run by him.
“Few black sheep” had brought a bad name to the entire media fraternity was said by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Kumar.
Kiran Thakur has no decided to take the matter to the Supreme court.