Bengaluru highlights, June 28: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday stayed the operation of the chargesheet filed against Congress leaders including former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and party’s state president D K Shivakumar, accused of violating COVID-19 protocol. The chargesheet was filed in the case pertaining to the padayatra led by the two leaders demanding construction of the Mekedatu dam across the river Cauvery.
Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar, who is slated to appear before a Delhi court later this week in connection with a money laundering case, on Tuesday said he is not aware about the contents of Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) charge sheet against him and is yet to receive a copy of it. A Delhi court last month summoned him and others in a money laundering case registered against him in 2018.
The Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) Karnataka chapter has demanded the immediate release of journalist and social activist Teesta Setalvad, describing her arrest as a “strangle of justice”. In a press statement, the APCR termed Teesta Setalvad an indefatigable defender of human rights and strongly condemned the arrest of Teesta by Gujarat ATS on dubious grounds citing the recent judgement of the Supreme Court. “It is unacceptable that a person who has been fighting for the justice of the citizens should be accused of fabricating evidence and misleading the special investigation team,” Advocate Muhammad Niyaz, General secretary of the APCR Karnataka Chapter, said in a statement. The APCR demands her release, withdrawal of the false case and cessation of harassment.