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May drop cases against minorities, farmers, Kannada activists: Poll-bound Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

“We are looking at minor cases where people have been booked and considering their withdrawal. No big cases will be withdrawn,” said state Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Updated: January 27, 2018 6:54 am
Siddaramaiah, Karnataka Elections, He added that the proposal was pending with the Home Department and that the government would take a decision after “obtaining the opinion of the home department”.

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is considering the withdrawal of cases filed against “minority communities”, farmers and pro-Kannada activists over the last five years. A circular seeking details of such cases — the fourth in two months — was sent Thursday to all police divisions in the state, prompting a sharp opposition BJP response.

While the BJP accused the Congress government of “working against Hindus”, Siddaramaiah after Friday’s Republic Day event said, “We are considering withdrawal of not just cases filed against people from minority communities during communal disturbances but also farmers during agitations and pro Kannada activists during agitations.”

He added that the proposal was pending with the Home Department and that the government would take a decision after “obtaining the opinion of the home department”. The CM’s remarks came after a state police department circular to all police divisions seeking details of cases from the last five years where people from minority communities were booked in the course of communal disturbances was posted on Twitter by the BJP.

“Just when we were thinking that things can’t get more worse for Hindus in K’taka tyrant @siddaramaiah has moved to drop criminal cases pending against members of minority community (read radical Islamic elements) involved in communal riots in the last 5 years,” the BJP said on its Karnataka party Twitter handle.

The circular was issued by the state police department and signed by Assistant Inspector General of Police, Shivaprakash Devaraju on January 25. It renewed calls issued earlier to state police units for details of cases filed against members of minority communities in the course of communal disturbances in the last five years. The circular was the fourth reminder in the last two months. According to state Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, no “big cases” were under review. “We are looking at minor cases where people have been booked and considering their withdrawal. No big cases will be withdrawn,” he said on Friday.

Earlier this week, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh had also considered the withdrawal of a case related to the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar, and sought opinions on whether withdrawing it would be the right step in public interest.

Reddy said the previous BJP government under BS Yeddyurappa as CM had withdrawn cases too. “This was done by Yeddyurappa when he was CM with respect to cases against activists of the Sangh Parivar and it has been done in UP as well by the BJP in recent days,’’ Reddy said. He denied BJP allegations that the Congress party was moving to drop cases against minorities because it is hand in glove with Islamic political groups like the PFI and SDPI. “It is the BJP that is hand in glove with these groups,” he said.

The BJP and Congress have dropped cases filed against people for involvement in communal incidents in Karnataka in the past. During the BJP’s tenure between 2008 and 2013, it ordered the withdrawal of cases filed against Sangh Parivar members involved in attacks on churches in the coastal Karnataka district of Dakshina Kannada as well as cases filed against Christians for reactionary violence during the attacks.

The Congress after assuming power in 2013 has dropped cases against members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the Popular Front of India (PFI), who were allegedly involved in communal disturbances during the BJP tenure.

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    Indian
    Jan 27, 2018 at 6:52 pm
    Why someone doesn't take action on those who booked false cases?
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    1. Jayanti Modi
      Jan 28, 2018 at 4:11 pm
      Provided cases are false.
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      Apollo Z
      Jan 27, 2018 at 10:00 am
      As I said before. Nothing wrong. If BJP UP CM Yogi can withdraw rioting cases against Sangeet Som whose photoshoped video was responsible for the death of 63 people, so can Siddu. If Gujarat BJP govt can drop cases against Maya Kodani, who killed 22 persons in 2002, nothing wrong in Siddu. If Haryana BJP CM has given full freedom to bhakts to rape Dalit women, no questions asked, nothing wrong with Siddu.
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        Giri Gowda
        Jan 27, 2018 at 10:38 am
        definitely not the cases against related to "I" radicals belonging to Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the Popular Front of India (PFI), who are involved in creating communal disturbances in the country ...
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        1. Andy KKG
          Jan 27, 2018 at 11:27 am
          So, your logic is .. since someone else somewhere was murdered, I can murder too ... what logic is that ? 2 wrongs does not make a right. If you think Yogi was wrong, perfectly valid. Please protest/do not vote for him/take him to court and take any legal measures against Yogi's actions. However, since Yogi did it, what Siddu is doing does not make it right - It is WRONG and Will continue to be WRONG. Siddu Corrupt Congress needs to be taught a lesson.
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          1. Arghyajit Das
            Jan 27, 2018 at 12:53 pm
            so its also right hindus must vote for BJP and minorities for congi jihadi
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            BHAGWAT GOEL
            Jan 27, 2018 at 9:00 am
            THIS PROVES TERROR LINKS OF CONGRESS WHERE NOTHING CAN BE DONE WITHOUT ORDERS FROM TRAITOR ITALIANS. HIGH TIME THESE TERRORISTS AREINVESTIGATIONS ARE DONE BY NIA AND ALL CONGRESSMEN BEGINNING WITH SONIA,RAHU, SIDARAMIA ARE SUBJECTED TO NARCO TESTS/
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              vish
              Jan 27, 2018 at 8:01 am
              Who has given him the authority to do this.Tomorrow no policeman will act against criminals and if they start working on cast and communal lines then what will happen.Law is supreme and court is final authority.Now the people of Karnataka should dump this mad man.He should take rahul along with him .
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              1. Sankaran Krishnan
                Jan 27, 2018 at 7:55 am
                It seems the idea behind is to make them indulge in such acts by the so called Minorities to disturb Law and Order and thus create fear among the people and is it enough to take the opinion from Home Department and why the same is not forwarded to the Karnataka High Court to get its opinion and act as per their recommendation based on the nature of case s filed against them and without consulting the Judiciary if cases are withdrawn by the successive Govts. then it is nothing but mockery of our Judiciary only which the Politicians must understand before taking such selfish decision for the sake of vote bank politics !!!
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