Bengaluru: The state government has been directed by the state high court to pay B V Seetaram, Mangaluru-based journalist and head of Chitra Publications, Rs 1 lakh by way of compensation for unlawful detention a few years ago.
The plaintiff had sought a compensation of Rs 50 lakh. The relief now ordered is to be paid within four weeks. A single-judge bench presided over by Justice Anand Byrareddy issued this interim order and told the plaintiff to approach a lower court with suitable documents for any additional relief.
Seetaram had contended that he had been kept in unlawful detention from January 19 to February 3, 2009. This was stated in a habeas corpus petition filed on his behalf. He had also sought a court directive to pay him a compensation of Rs 50 lakh.
He had further stated in his plaint that the then government in power had disliked the reports published in his paper and had sponsored a raid on his office on November 17, 2008 and also had slapped a criminal case against him. Since all this had failed to unnerve him, he was arrested.