All charges on Naveen Soorinje dropped #naveensoorinjereleased
  • Petitioned R Ashok

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Home Minister, Karnataka
R Ashok
Chief Minister of Karnataka
Sri. Jagadish Shettar

All charges on Naveen Soorinje dropped #naveensoorinjereleased

    1. sudipto mondal
    2. Petition by

      sudipto mondal

      Bangalore, India

June 2013


A few months back, I had started a petition to get the Karnataka government to drop charges against journalist, Naveen Soorinje, who was allegedly wrongly arrested. He was the reporter who exposed an attack on youngsters by a fundamentalist group in Mangalore. But, he was arrested under the same charges as the attackers. After being released on bail on 23rd March 2013. He was acquitted of all charges by the State Cabinet, on June 13. All the false criminal cases on Naveen have been withdrawn. Naveen’s arrest had created an outrage - over 5000 signed Sudipto’s petition and hundreds protested on the streets. Public pressure forced the cabinet to drop all charges.

In a shocking incident, On July 28 members of Hindu Jagarana Vedike attacked a group of innocent boys and girls who were celebrating a birthday party at a homestay in Mangalore. 

Naveen Soorinje was the journalist who exposed this action but was fasely implicated in the case and arrested on November 7, 2012. Recently, his bail application was rejected on December 26, 2012.

Instead of being complimented for his fearless reportage, he was arrested by the Mangalore police on charges under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention)Act, the Indian Penal Code from “rioting with deadly weapons,” criminal conspiracy, unlawful assembly, and using criminal force on a woman with the intention of outraging her modesty. The police have also invoked Sections 3 and 4 of The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986.

Soorinje's report, titled 'The Talibanisation of Mangalore', was actually vital evidence of the brutality of the attack and the molestation and
assault on the youth. Instead, he was charged with the same offences as that of the attackers.

The police arrested 31 people in connection with the attack and Soorinje was lodged in the same sub-jail as them until a
protest from the Mangalore Union of Working Journalists forced police to lodge him separately.

In his order rejecting Naveen's bail application, the Karnataka High
Court judge, Keshava Narayana, relied on police evidence that Naveen was
absconding, when in fact, he was very much present in the area and had covered important and routine assignments between July and November, including the visit of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to the area.

In the short span of seven years, Soorinje had made a mark as a
journalist in the region for his coverage of powerful groups including Hindutva organizations, the Jamaat-e-Islami, the Popular Front of India, the
pontiff of Pejawar Mutt Vishveshateertha, who is the guru of former Madhya Pradesh CM Uma Bharti, and the powerful head of the Dharmasthala temple, the Dharmadhikari Veerendra Heggade, among others. Besides, he wrote exposes on corrupt policemen and even exposes on journalists taking gifts in return
for favors.

Clearly, the arrest and charges against him smack of vendetta and
designed to work as a 'chilling effect' on independent reportage in this region.
His continued incarceration cannot and must not act as a deterrent to fair
and accurate journalism and we demand that he be released forthwith and thecharges against him dropped.

Join me in telling R Ashok, Home Minister, Karnataka to release Naveen Soorinje and drop all charges aganst him, as he's innocent!


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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Naveen Soorinje released on bail

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      After garlanding him, inmates of the jail block where he was lodged since November 7, 2012, shouted slogans in his support. He was brought outside the main gate by his advocate Satish Bantwal and Democratic Youth Federation of India district secretary Muneer Katipalla. “I am happy over the release,” Mr. Soorinje said even as he was congratulated by his well-wishers.

    3. The Hindu: ‘Soorinje can’t be allowed to go unless innocents are freed’

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      There was no progress made in reporter Naveen Soorinje’s case at Monday’s Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.

      A resolution to drop the criminal charges against Soorinje of Kasturi Newz24 was passed by the Cabinet during its last meeting on January 31. But the resolution has not yet been signed by Mr. Shettar as a result of which Soorinje continues to be in jail. While Mr. Shettar once again told journalists that he would sign the Cabinet resolution and facilitate Soorinje’s release, he did not commit to a deadline.

      Meanwhile, a senior Minister told reporters after Monday’s Cabinet meeting that there is “pressure” from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in the case.

    4. Under pressure, Karnataka to free TV journalist - Naveen Soorinje

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      Bangalore, Jan 31: The Karnataka Cabinet has given green signal for the withdrawal of criminal cases against Naveen Soorinje, a television journalist with Kasturi news channel. Soorinje has been suffering from chicken pox in jail and has been denied bail.

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    5. Soorinje has now spent nearly three months in prison

      tamseel hussain
      Petition Organizer

      Arrested on 7 November, Soorinje has now spent nearly three months in prison. Described as a fighter by his friends and colleagues, Soorinje, however, seems to be shaking things up in the prison too. Last heard, he led a protest in jail for better healthcare, food and rights of undertrials, where 125 inmates supported him and went on a dharna.

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures
    7. Reached 25 signatures


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      journalist do there best to bring truth in front of common man

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      I am also interested in keeping our Globe a green one and keeping our old heritage monuments and everyone to live in harmony in this world.The small representation will bring greater changes among the people.

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