Rejecting the judicial probe into the attack on journalists as an eyewash,the media on Saturday demanded the immediate arrest of advocates involved in the incident even as Governor H R Bhardwaj blamed it on intelligence failure.
Mediapersons,in their meeting with Bhardwaj and Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda,complained that in spite of video footage available in public domain,both police and government have failed to take action and arrest the lawyers involved in the attack.
All courts remained closed today while prohibitory orders were in force around city civil court complex,which had turned into a virtual battlefield yesterday.
Objecting to the presence of mediapersons assembled to cover former minister Gali Janardhana Reddy’s appearance in the CBI court,unruly advocates had gone on a rampage in the court complex premises yesterday.
It was an intelligence failure. Police should have taken precautions, Bhardwaj told a delegation of mediapersons which submitted a memorandum to him seeking his intervention to direct the government to initiate action against the culprits.
Bhardwaj said soon after learning about the incident he sought a detailed report from the chief minister. If need be I will invite the chief minister for a discussion.
Bhardwaj disapproved of any curbs on media in performing its duties. Corrupt people ensure that media is barred from coverage of some events, he said but did not name anyone.
The delegation told him about stones stored inside the court premises,saying that it was a pre-planned attack.
A delegation of private TV news channels met the chief minister at his residence and sought immediate action against the guilty lawyers.
We don’t accept judicial probe into the incident. This is nothing but an eyewash. The government is trying to evade from its responsibilities, Suvarna News Head Vishweshwar Bhatt said after meeting Gowda.
The government had announced a judicial probe into the attack on mediapersons and police personnel that left at least 20 of them injured.
Seeking police protection for mediapersons including cameramen and scribes at court premises,Bhatt said the chief minister has given an affirmative assurance in this regard.
TV9 Managing Director Mahendra Mishra said Gowda promised strict action against the culprits.
Rejecting media apprehensions over judicial probe,Gowda said the probe is not an attempt to cover up lapses of police and government,but to come out with a permanent solution to avoid such incidents taking place at court premises.
He said police have been instructed to take stern action and file criminal charges against the culprits.
Bangalore Reporters Guild and print and electronic media took out a rally and submitted a memorandum to the Governor seeking arrest of lawyers involved in the attack.
They rapped both government and police for failing to arrest the guilty in spite of video footage showing lawyers going on the rampage and attacking journalists and policemen at the court premises.
Corporate Affairs Minister M Veerappa,meanwhile,sought to blame the BJP government in Karnataka for the attack on journalists by lawyers,saying it failed to act beforehand as trouble was brewing for some time.
Moily,a former Karnataka Chief Minister,described the incidents at the civil court complex here very shocking and we should hang our head in shame.