“He (Yedyurappa) was condemned unheard as the Lokayukta violated principles of natural justice by not issuing notice to him before making the accusation,” said a division bench of the Karnataka High Court.
“Even during the arguments on the petition, a specific question was put to counsel for the Lokayukta to produce any material to connect the petitioner with the alleged offence but he was mum,” the court said, adding, “Suspicion cannot be a ground to tarnish the image and reputation of a person holding a constitutional post.”
Can there be a clearer eye opener, a more damning indictment than this for media? Read the full article by Akshaya Mishra in First Post.
Remember how Santosh Hegde conducted Press Conference before even releasing the report.
Remember how media lapped up this report.
Remember the backdrop in which the report was released. Congress's image was battered by a spate of massive corruption cases-2G, Common Wealth, Adarsh. Lokpal agitation and public opinion were pushing it to the corner. Exploiting this report was clearly in the interest of Congress. It would be naive to assume that media was not aware of this.
It was pointed out at that time that BSY was not given a chance to represent his side. But who had the time for such irrelevant niceties? Why did media not do its research before breaking the news?
Can it not be concluded now that an immature and perhaps motivated media reporting prematurely sealed the fate of BSY? All it will take in future to topple governments is to 'motivate' the media. Does media deserve this larger than life role?
It is not anybody's case that BSY is innocent; he may or may not be; it is just that he was not given a chance to defend himself. When Barkha Dutt featured in Nira Radia tapes, she had the luxury of defending herself and continuing in her office. Why should this luxury be denied to politicians?
Let us for a moment assume that media inadvertently reported this story. Is it not the moral duty of the media now to express regret?
I have read many blogs also ridiculing BSY based on the basis of ill-informed media reports. A clear lesson for bloggers too- research before blogging.
Time clearly for introspection by media.
(A year ago Team Anna projected Lokapal and Lokayuktas as the one stop solution for all of India's problems. Time to review that also!)