Lok Sabha Election

Tejasvi Surya gets gag order on media

L.S. Tejasvi Surya, BJP candidate for Bengaluru South, has obtained a temporary injunction order from a local civil court restraining media outlets from publishing “defamatory statements” against him. A candidate getting a gag order on media during campaign has raised many eyebrows.

Mr. Surya has made 49 media outlets, including The Hindu and several other newspapers, television channels and platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo and Google, parties to the order.

A series of tweets by a woman claiming harassment by Mr. Surya, reported in a section of media as #MeToo allegations, prompted him to take the step, his close associates said. The Hindu had not reported them. The woman later deleted those tweets and requested that the two be left alone. The order, a copy of which is available with The Hindu, noted: “How all of a sudden these allegations against the plaintiff emerged immediately after he filed the nomination for the general election is a questionable question.”

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