HC stays Assembly resolution sentencing journalists

HC stays Assembly resolution sentencing journalists

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday stayed the resolution passed by the Legislative Assembly with regard to the conviction of journalists Ravi Belagere and Anil Raj.

Justice A S Bopanna was hearing a petition filed by the journalists, who had moved the court challenging their conviction and imprisonment for a year ordered by the Assembly. The House held them guilty of breach of privilege over alleged defamatory articles about some MLAs.

The bench directed the government not to take any adverse action against the petitioners based on the resolution passed by the Assembly until further orders of the court.

Justice Bopanna observed that this matter needed details consideration on its merits and further orders could be made after the pleadings are completed.

The bench directed the pleadings to be completed within four weeks, after which the matter would be heard.

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