HC stays proceedings against journo

The High Court of Karnataka, on Monday, stayed till the next date of hearing the proceedings initiated by a local court in Mangalore against a Kannada television channel reporter, who was arrested in connection with the alleged attack on youths at a homestay in Mangalore in July.

Justice H N Nagmohan Das granted the stay on the proceedings initiated against Naveen Soorinje, when the criminal revision petition filed by Soorinje seeking quashing of the proceedings against him came up for hearing. The reporter had also challenged the order of cognisance taken by the local court.

Soorinje, in his petition, submitted that he had only done his duty as a reporter and had no role to play in the alleged attack. A local court in Mangalore had rejected his bail petition, but the High Court subsequently granted him relief. Soorinje was arrested last month.

On July 28, over 12 students, including girls, partying at a homestay on the outskirts of Mangalore were targeted by activists allegedly belonging to Hindu Jagarana Vedike, who accused them of indulging in "immoral activities".

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