Karnataka HC Sentences Magazine Editor and Journalist in Defamation Case


The Karnataka High Court ruled on Monday that the libel offense was complete unless it was covered by exceptions such as public good or good faith.

Relying on the Supreme Court’s defamation submissions, the High Court convicted an editor and a reporter for a local newspaper in Bhatkal and, in another case, dismissed the criminal review petition filed by an editor of the evening newspaper based in Mangaluru.

In the first case, the High Court quashed the order of the first instance court and convicted Ganesh P, editor and publisher of “Kadala Koogu”, a weekly magazine in Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada and its journalist Raghavendra R Bhat .

A teacher from Bhatkal filed a complaint against journalists for writing an article defaming her personality. The court of first instance, although having recognized that the article was reprehensible, acquitted the two defendants in 2011.

Judge NG Uma, while setting aside the order of the first instance court, observed: Sentenced. “The judiciary ordered the defendants to pay a fine of 30,000 rupees each. The court also ordered the deposit of an amount of Rs 50,000 of the amount of the fine, in favor of the plaintiff as compensation.

In another case, Judge HB Prabhakara Sastry dismissed a petition for criminal review filed by BS Shivaprasad, printer, publisher and acting editor of “Karavali Ale” and Canara Times in Mangaluru.

The plaintiff in the case, Mangalore Catholic Cooperative Bank Ltd, took two articles published in 2000 to court. The plaintiff said there was no evidence of the allegations made in the articles. Shivaprasad was convicted by the Magistrate’s Court in 2005, which was confirmed by the Dakshina Kannada Sessions Court in 2010.

The high court ruled that a publisher of a defamatory statement can only be protected if he shows that he took all reasonable precautions and then had a reasonable and founded belief in the veracity of the statement. declaration.

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