Karnataka: Journalist, father accused of Maoist ties acquitted | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Judge Basappa Balappa Jakati of the third additional district and sessions court on Thursday acquitted journalist Vittala Malekudiya, and his father Lingappa Malekudiya, who were accused of having ties to Maoists. On March 3, 2012, the police searched the journalist’s house in Kuthlur, Belthangady taluk on the periphery of the Kudremukh National Park and arrested them.
Advocate Dinesh Ulepady said that the police had seized binoculars, groceries, and a book on Revolutionary Bhagat Singh – and letters to the government, wherein Vittala had made appeals for the construction of roads, had called for a boycott of elections among others.
In the aftermath of his house being searched, a case was registered against the father-son duo under IPC Sections 120 (B) and Sections 19 and 20 of the Unlawful Activity (Prevention) Act.
Vittala and his father subsequently spent three months in prison, during which time the journalist even appeared for an examination. When in jail several political leaders including CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat visited the jail. The issue was also raised in the parliament by a Kerala MP M B Rajesh, recalled Vittala who said justice had prevailed, after being acquitted.

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