BJP MLA Harish Poonja gets relief from HC over controversial remarks against CM Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru, Jun 10 (IANS): BJP MLA from Belthangady constituency of Dakshina Kannada, Harish Poonja, who had stirred a controversy by claiming that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah got 24 Hindu activists killed, got relief from the Karnataka High Court on Friday.

The High Court bench headed by Justice M. Nagaprasanna stayed the police investigation into the case. Three complaints were registered against the BJP MLA in Puttur, Belthangady and Bantwal police stations.

Appearing for Poonja, senior counsel Prabhuling Navadagi submitted in the court that the case is not fit to be lodged against the BJP MLA under IPC Section 153A. "That is why there was a delay in filing FIR against BJP MLA Harish Poonja... no incidents of violence were reported following the statement...," he argued.

Considering the argument, the bench issued a stay on the investigation.

Poonja had made the controversial remarks while venting out ire on Hindu activists who campaigned for Congress recently. The audio and video of his outbursts went viral on social media. Satyajith Surathkal, a Hindu activist, had carried out campaigning for the Congress party.

"You sought votes for Siddaramaiah who got 24 Hindu activists killed... You have sought votes for the Congress which is proposing a ban on Bajrang Dal," Poonja had stated.

BJP has been claiming that during the tenure of Siddaramaiah between 2013 and 2018, the coastal Karnataka region - especially Dakshina Kannada district - witnessed a series of murders of Hindu activists. The saffron party further accused the Congress government headed by Siddaramaiah of protecting the accused persons by withdrawing cases against the workers of PFI and SDPI.

The BJP had made it a poll issue in 2018 and swept elections in the coastal region. However, Siddaramaiah denied these allegations, saying that the murders had happened due to rivalry and personal enmity. CBI investigation revealed that Paresh Mesta, a Hindu youth who was allegedly killed in the backdrop of communal violence, died accidentally. The investigation report proved to be a major setback for the BJP during the elections.






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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sun, Jun 11 2023

    Except for Udupi / Mangalore looks like RSS / BJP lost respect in Karnataka, evident by poll results. May be people are fed up by corruption level. Ask any BJP voter what is one may have any convincing answer. How many Hindu's prospered by politics since 2014??

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  • Sma, Bengaluru

    Sun, Jun 11 2023

    What is the use of Supreme court order for Suo moto cases against Hate statements and speeches....shame

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  • ca girishkk, Valencia/M'lore

    Sat, Jun 10 2023

    Here the statement by honourable MLA is so apparently offensive and abusive that the absence of violence shouldn't be construed to conclude that the statement is not provocative. It's a compliment to the political opponents of MLA that they are not thotte girakis to engage and indulge in violence

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Sat, Jun 10 2023

    When power gets into the head, these guys will talk anything and they're least bothered whether it makes sense or it's all nonsense. End of the day they want to please their andha bhakts. As long as BJP's washing machine is there they'll be washed clean. At least now there will be a brake on Pistons less double engines ..... !!!!!

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 10 2023

    This is the gift of Modi rule in India. All BJP leaders are safe

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sat, Jun 10 2023

    Money has reached ...

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  • Cynthia, Dk

    Sat, Jun 10 2023

    To the right person, at the right time, at the right place and in the right hands...

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Jun 10 2023

    nana sadyag baayi angaayere povaaye....chali jwara kulludu uppodu...Sidda will not take revenge..he must have said...just forget the kajavu...

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  • Narendra Kumar, Mumbai/Shirva

    Sat, Jun 10 2023

    Sari pandar....chaddi jaardh povare shuru aathndh BJP/RSS dakalena!

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