Minister of State for Youth Services, Sports and Fisheries K. Abhayachandra Jain is reported to have threatened a reporter of a regional newspaper here on Thursday, resulting in the latter filing a complaint against the Minister in the jurisdictional Moodbidri police station.
Police Commissioner R. Hithendra said the Moodbidri police had received a complaint from Yashodhar Kotian, the reporter, alleging that the Minister had threatened that Congress workers would attack him for publishing a report. The police have since initiated an investigation into the complaint.
The reporter alleged that he was threatened when he called the Minister to seek his reaction about a report on a power project.
The report pertained to a letter written by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to the Union government stating that the State government was interested in going ahead with the thermal power project at Niddodi while the Minister is opposed to it.Condemned
The former Deputy Chief Minister K.S. Eshwarappa has criticised Mr. Jain for his alleged conduct with the journalist. “Mr. Jain should apologise for his conduct and resign from the Ministry. If he does not do so, the Chief Minister should remove him,” he said.
The Dakshina Kannada Working Journalists Association has also criticised Mr. Jain. By threatening a journalist, Mr. Jain had created a sense of fear among people, Harish Rai, president of the association, said.
A protest has been planned outside the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Saturday.