BANGALORE: The state government has directed DGP (CID) R K Dutta to submit his probe report on the clash between advocates and the media in about 10 to 15 days, Home Minister R Ashok said here on Wednesday.
“The one-man committee of Dutta will, in a specific and precise probe, look into police excesses, if any, besides the origin and trigger of the violence. This will enable the government to be prepared for such eventualities,” Ashok addressed reporters.
Ashok and Law Minister S Suresh Kumar called on Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court Justice Vikramjit Sen and discussed the steps to be taken to ease the otherwise tense relationship between advocates and media.
“The CJ has agreed to earmark a designated place to the media, both in the High Court as well as lower courts. The TV and cameras will not be allowed inside the court hall, while reporters would be permitted to cover the proceedings,” the minister explained.Home Secretary S M Jaamdar has visited various places to identify the designated space for media, he added.
The two ministers handed over a letter to Justice Sen seeking permission to shift the Lokayukta court out of the City Civil Court complex to Parappana Agrahara.
“We are ready to shift the court any time. But it would take about six months to do so as a new building needs to be constructed,” the home minister added.
He said the government will foot medical expenses of scribes, policemen and advocates who were injured in Friday’s violence at a Bangalore court.