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Government files defamation case against Kumaraswamy

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H.D. Kumaraswamy
H.D. Kumaraswamy

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It will come up before Principal City Civil and Sessions Judge today

It is based on newspaper reports

Kumaraswamy to abide by law

Bangalore: The Government on Monday filed a defamation case against former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy for his statement, “Chief Minister B.S Yeddyurappa had accepted Rs. 50 crore bribe from a private firm to award it contract of rebuilding quarters for people belonging to economically weaker sections at Ejipura in Bangalore.”

Special Public Prosecutor V. K. Patil, who, with Special Public Prosecutor Ravi B. Naik, will conduct the case, filed the case on behalf of the Government before the Principal City Civil and Sessions Judge.

The defamation case has been filed based on reports in newspapers which published the statement of Mr. Kumaraswamy between September 30 and October 1.

Meanwhile, the court has listed the case for hearing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

In the complaint, terming Mr. Kumaraswamy’s statement as “baseless,” the Government has said that “the statements appearing in the newspapers have made Mr. Yeddyurappa to answer and justify for the same before the public. Mr. Yeddyurappa and his family are put through untold shock, pain and suffering because of the false statement.”

“They (Mr. Yeddyurappa and family) are unable to lead a normal life as they are constantly confronted with questions from the public with regard to the false statement as the people have started doubting Mr Yeddyurappa’s words and actions. Many friends and acquaintances of the Chief Minister have started distancing themselves from him and have become hostile towards him,” the Government said in the complaint.

“Mr. Kumaraswamy has made the false allegations as he was envious of Mr. Yeddyurappa as the latter has gained majority in the elections and become the Chief Minister… and with malice and spite to tarnish the image of Mr. Yeddyurappa… though the allegation that Mr. Yeddyurappa accepted bribe to grant a contract to Maverick Holding and Investments is not true, the accused uttered them only with the motive of tainting and destroying the reputation of the Chief Minister,” the complaint has said.

The complaint, while maintaining that Mr. Kumaraswamy is liable to be punished under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), has stated that the allegations of Mr. Kumaraswamy have defamed Mr. Yeddyurappa’s image and reputation.

Section 500 of the IPC has prescribed simple imprisonment which may be extended up to two years, or with fine or with both.

JD(S) stand

Janata Dal (S) spokesperson and MLC Y.S.V. Datta told The Hindu that the party will stand with its State unit president in connection with the defamation case.

“Mr. Kumaraswamy has said that he will abide by law,” he pointed out and declared that the party will legally fight the issue.

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