Bengaluru: Organisers prohibited from transmitting Praveen Togadia's speech

Bengaluru, Feb 8: Hours after VHP said it had arranged to telecast Live it's leader Praveen Togadia's speech through video-conferencing at the 'Hindu Virat Samavesha' in Bengaluru on Sunday, Feb 8, police issued an order, prohibiting organisers from displaying and transmitting his speech through any form of media for two days, beginning Saturday.

City Police Commissioner M N Reddi in a statement here, said that in exercise of powers vested in him under Section 144(3) of CrPC, he was imposing an order, prohibiting Keshav Hegde VHP Organising Secretary and other organisers of the 'Samavesha' from displaying and transmitting any speech of Togadia through audio, visual and any other media at the venue for two days, from 6 PM on Feb 7 to 6 PM on Feb 9.

Praveen Togadia

He said Intelligence officials had informed him of VHP's plans to make arrangements for live telecast of Togadia's speech through video-conferencing.

They had also stated that if this was allowed, it would frustrate the very object of issuing the prohibitory order against Togadia, Reddi said.

It would also endanger peace and tranquillity in the city, and as such "speeches are likely to provoke certain sections of society and hurt the religious sentiments of certain sections of society."

"There is every possibility that peace and order will be disturbed if this display or exhibition of audio or visual speech of Togadia is allowed at the venue," Reddi said.

Earlier, VHP's Karnataka Public Relations Officer Manjunath Swamy had said all arrangements had been made to telecast the speech live through video-conferencing and maintained that stopping Togadia's address through this means would not amount to an offence.

Justice Abdul Nazir had yesterday turned down the interim prayer by Karnataka VHP Organising Secretary Keshav Hegde to stay the police commissioner's order, banning Togadia's entry into the city from Feb 5 to 11.

Reddi had earlier this week imposed the ban on the ground that Togadia's 'provocative' and 'inflammatory' speeches would have 'grave' consequences and likelihood of breach of peace.

VHP had challenged the Commissioner's orders on Togadia's entry into the city in the High Court with the interim prayer for a stay on the ban.

While declining the interim plea, the Judge, however, had said Hegde's petition was maintainable and adjourned the matter without mentioning the next date of hearing.


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