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Wednesday, February 01 2023

Sedition charges on Min Eshwarappa: Shivamogga Special Court orders probe

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Shivamogga: Doddapete Police has been directed by the Special Court in Shivamogga District to investigate a complaint against Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister K. S. Eshwarappa for charges including sedition and promoting enmity between different groups.

The order was passed on Wednesday March 30 by the Special Court for trial of cases against sitting as well as former MLAs and MPs that came through a private complaint filed by a Shivamogga resident Riyaz Ahamed. The complainant had approached the Doddapete Police and higher authorities with his complaint, which was not acted upon. Hence Ahmed finally approached the Special Court with a private complaint. He alleges that after the murder of Hindu activist Harsha on February 20, before the police could investigate the case, Minister Eshwarappa and BJP Leader Channabasappa started propagating publicly that the murder was a result of political and religious causes. And that this was done with the intention of creating enmity between Hindus and Muslims which resulted in rioting on February 21 leading to the loss of public and private property, he alleges.

Apart from sedition and promoting enmity, Ahamed alleges that the actions of Eshwarappa amounted to causing disharmony and outraging religious feelings. Holding that the complainant had made out grounds to refer the case for investigation, the court in Bengaluru directed the same to the Police in Shivamogga.

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