Karnataka Speaker KB Koliwad imposes jail term on two journalists over defamation charges
Bengaluru/Karnataka, June 22: Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.B. Koliwad on Thursday imposed a one-year jail term on two journalists for writing defamatory articles against legislators. The Speaker also imposed a fine of Rs. 10,000 on each of them.
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The decision was taken on the recommendation of the House Privileges Committee after an inquiry. The committee felt that legislators’ privileges were violated after a series of defamatory articles against them. The two journalists – Ravi Belagere of ‘Hi Bangalore’ and Anil Raj, who ran a tabloid called the Yelahanka Voice – if fail to pay the fine, the jail term would be extended to another six months, the Speaker said. (ANI)