Karnataka’s Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George has filed a criminal defamation against Arnab Goswami and Times Now, where he worked as the channel’s editor-in-chief until November last year.
George has filed the criminal defamation case for the alleged role of Goswami and Times Now in dragging his name for the death of former IAS officer, Doddakoppalu Kariyappa Ravi in 2015.
“The well-respected IAS officer, DK Ravi, died on March 16, 2015. Just a day later, Arnab Goswami, without proper investigation, declared his death to be a murder and accused KJ George, who was the then Home Minister, of being involved in DK Ravi’s death, of running a mafia and destroying evidence. This amounts to interfering in the judicial process and hence the complaint was filed today,” Minister George’s lawyer, Ajeesh Kumar Shankar, told the website The News Minute.
Explaining the delay of two years in filing of the criminal defamation case, George said that he was waiting for the CBI probe to conclude.
The minister told the website, “The CID and CBI probes have concluded that DK Ravi committed suicide. I waited for my name to be cleared, and to see if any counter complaints would be filed, and only after that did I decide to file a criminal defamation complaint against Arnab Goswami.”