The arrest of Mangalore-based television journalist Naveen Soorinje, who reported the infamous July 28 Mangalore ‘homestay’ attack case, echoed in Legislative Council on Thursday.

In his response to the question raised by Janata Dal (Secular) floor leader M.C. Nanaiah during the zero hour, Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister R. Ashok assured the House of responding to the “demand for withdrawal of cases registered against Mr. Soorinje” under the provisions of law.

Drawing the attention of the House, Mr. Nanaiah pointed out that the attack by the Hindu Jagarana Vedike activists of youths attending a birthday party in homestay came to light only because of Mr. Soorinje capturing the visuals of the attack. Had he not discharged his duty as a journalist, the incident would have been buried, he added.

He regretted that Mr. Soorinje was “treated like a criminal” by the police and had to face the same cases that were registered against the culprits. Noting that it was a “clear case of attack on freedom of expression”, Mr. Nanaiah demanded withdrawal of cases registered against Mr. Soorinje.

Action promised

Mr. Ashok said in reply that the government was not interfering in the case and assured stringent action against those responsible for the crime.

The rape and murder of 17-year old pre-university student of SDM College at Ujire, Soujanya, was also debated in the Upper House. Cutting across party lines, members expressed discontentment over what they described as “delay” in the probe.

Drawing the attention, Motamma of Congress expressed apprehension over the medical certificate issued by Manasa Hospital of Shimoga and demanded a comprehensive probe in to the case.

Explanation sought

Supplementing the argument, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Bharathi Shetty sought an explanation from the Home Minister on the inordinate delay in completing the probe. “Though incident occurred on October 10, police have not completed the inquiry even after two months,” she said.

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