This is a piece of big news from Karnataka where a minister resigned his position after the broadcast of a sex tape. According to a Karnataka Police order, TV channels that do not exactly adhere to the programming code will encounter faction. The Bengaluru Police said in the order that any channel that displays a show that “offends against good taste or decency,” among other limitations, can be charged under the Cable Television Networks Rules.
According to a Karnataka High Court order dated March 6, the Bengaluru Police Commissioner: “Prohibit all the broadcasts, which are not strictly in conformity in terms of programming code as defined under Cable Television Network Rules.”
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The order comes just days after a Karnataka minister resigned on “moral grounds” following the broadcast of an alleged sex tape by local news channels.
According to the police, any channel that “denigrates women… or is disrespectful to women, or is likely to deprave, corrupt, or harm the public morality or values” will be punished, citing a provision of the television programming code.
If found guilty, the person who is responsible for the material will face a sentence of up to 2 years in prison for the first offense and sentenced to five years in prison for each subsequent offense.
Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi, 60, quit last week in the wake of the video controversy.
“Allegations against me are far from the truth. A clear investigation is needed. I’ll come out innocent and I’m confident about it. I’m resigning on moral grounds and I request you to accept this,” Mr. Jarkiholi had written in his resignation letter. It was promptly received and accepted by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.
Mr. Jarkiholi was accused by a man named Dinesh Kallahalli. He said he was working at the behest of the woman. He created a CD that purportedly showed Mr. Jarkiholi and the woman, who has yet to come forward.
Mr. Kallahalli later in Karnataka, dropped his charges against the minister, claiming that a remark by former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (Secular) that he released the CD because he was paid a large sum of money had hurt him. Also, the matter could tarnish the name of the woman involved.
Meanwhile, six other ministers also secured an order prohibiting the release of defamatory information about them.