HC quashes FIR against man who mocked Gowdas online, slaps ` 1L fine on K’taka govt
Bengaluru: A city-based engineer, arrested for posting on Facebook negative comments against JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy, walked free on Friday following a high court order, which also imposed a cost of Rs 1 lakh on the Karnataka government.
“This is a classic case of blatant violation of fundamental rights by the police,” the court observed on Friday while quashing the FIR registered against S Jaikanth, an administrator of Troll Maga page on Facebook. The state government has been directed to pay him Rs 1 lakh as cost within a month.
The police had registered two FIRs against Jaikanth in May and June 2019 for allegedly posting abusive and insulting statements against Gowda, Kumaraswamy and his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy.