In an earlier case, Mahesh Hegde went scot-free

BENGALURU: In November last year, the website had carried a slanderous headline about freedom fighters Kittur Rani Chennamma and Onake Obavva. The post showed these two women freedom fighters in poor light. In this connection, a woman had filed a complaint with the Sanjayanagar police against the owner of the website, the writer, and those who had shared the article on social media.
The police had then registered a case under section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the IPC. However, no arrests were made then.

This time, after Gaffar Baig, a resident of Whitefield, approached the Cyber Crime police and filed a complaint on March 21 over the alleged fake news about a Muslim youth attacking a Jain Muni and blaming the Congress-led state government, saying “…No one is safe in Siddaramaiah’s Karnataka”, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) took up the case and traced the accused Hegde based on the IP address and arrested him on Thursday.

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