Staff Correspondent

Muthalik lodges complaint against reporters of Aaj Tak and Tehelka

Belgaum: Sri Rama Sene chief Pramod Muthalik saw a political motive behind, what he termed as baseless and concocted, the story carried jointly by Aaj Tak/Headlines Today and Tehelka, and alleged that the two media organisations were using him to get at the Bharatiya Janata Party Government in Karnataka.

He challenged the two media organisations to hand over the VCD to the Central Bureau of Investigation for a fair investigation and he offered to extend his full cooperation to the bureau.

“If the charges are proved against me, I am prepared to be hanged,” he declared dramatically.

He categorically denied charges levelled against him and sene workers as false and baseless at a press conference he convened soon after lodging a complaint against the reporters of Aaj Tak and Tehelka with the Camp police station here on Friday. No evidence has been shown to prove the charges that he had lent his services to organise riots, he said.

The sting operation was against directions of the Supreme Court and in violation of the fundamental right to freedom of speech, he added. Intent to sue

“I demand an apology from them [ Aaj Tak and Tehelka],” he said, while threatening to file a defamation suit against the two media organisations and their reporters for carrying out a sting operation and concocting the alleged ‘rent a riot' story without any evidence.

The TV channels were not showing the full clipping to substantiate what they alleged, he said

Asked about his association with Prasad Attavar [who is in Bellary jail], Mr. Muthalik said the charges against the former are yet to be proved.