Case brought against journalist – The Hindu

A journalist from a vernacular news channel was arrested by Punjagutta Police on Tuesday for allegedly creating rowdy and unlawfully detaining the election official following the March 13 Hyderabad Press Club (HPC) election results.

Election Management Officer Mr. Hema Sundar Rao in his complaint told police that journalist Suraj V. Bharadwaj, who recently contested the post of HPC chairman and lost, opposed the counting process and demanded a recount.

“Even after recounting they found out that Bharadwaj had lost the election and further he objected to the use of two types of stamps on the ballot papers similar to the presidency. Then the plaintiff went on to say that these symbols had been used during the last two terms of the elections. But Bharadwaj and his supporters had an altercation without being overheard,” police said.

They picked up the urn and poured water into it. When Mr. Rao tried to resist, the accused and his supporters mistreated and detained him and his colleague Mr. Rangacharyulu (assistant election officer).

“Other than that, he was forced to hold the elections again and detained Mr. Rao until he gave it in writing. As the returning officer for the presidential election, he attempted to explain the detailed document in the presence of two candidates, but Bharadwaj’s supporters seized the document and demanded that the election be halted,” said the Punjagutta Police.

Based on the complaint filed by Mr. Rao, a case under Sections 341 506 427 r/w 34 of the Indian Penal Code has been filed against Bharadwaj and an investigation is ongoing.