South CEN police filed Case against FB page ‘Mangalore Muslims’& others for criticising judge hearing hijab case

Pramesh S Jain & Yogesh K Porwar

A case has been registered against the administrator of a Facebook page called ‘Mangalore Muslims’and another person,who had criticised one of the three judges of the Karnataka High Court hearing the hijab case on social media.

The cybercrime division of the Bengaluru South division registered a suo motu case against Ateeq Shariff from Bengaluru and the administrator of the ‘Mangalore Muslims’ page on February 23, which came to light only recently.

The administrator of the FB page Ateeq Shariff posted derogatory content on February 12 against Justice Krishna Dixit,questioning his credentials and integrity.

Those who had liked the post against the judge may also incur the penal action,a police officer said.

This incident comes close on the heels of Kannada actor Chetan Kumar’s arrest,after he tweeted against the fact that Justice Dixit had granted earlier granted bail to a rape accused.

The three-judge bench especially constituted to hear the hijab case comprises Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi,Justice, J M Khazi and Justice Krishna Dixit.

After hearing a batch of pleas against the ban on wearing hijabs inside educational institutions for 11 days, the bench on Friday, February 25, reserved judgments.

Senior officer told media persons,The south Division cyber crime police registered an FIR against Ateeq Shariff and administrator and members of Mangalore Muslims web page for posting a derogatory comments on the High Court judge who is part of the three judge bench hearing the petition.

In her complaint Ms.Akshatha said that she was monitoring the social websites when she came across the web page with the messages which is derogatory in nature .

The message posted by Ateeq Shariff on Feb 12 read as “these are the judges who are going to give verdict on hijab.Look at it properly Hon’ble Mr.Justice Dixit Krishna Shripad(Krishna S Dixit)“.

The message continue to read as (sic) “ On other hand Justice Krishna S.Dixit who reffered the petition to higher bench,have appeared for the central Government in numerous important cases till his Elevation as a Judge of the High Court of Karnataka.

So we know it very well,where this is headed and whom they bow down to. #KarnatakHijabRow #WeAintGoingNowhere” .

Such messages against the judge is illegal and attract penal action and hence the FIR registered , said adding that the members of the web page and the administator of the page is also liable for prosecution .

Based on the complaint filed by Akshatha F Kurakundi,PSI with the South cyber crime station, police have registered an FIR charging Ateeq Shariff for posting the message and circulating it on the mangalore muslims wage page,charging under intentional insult and promoting enmity by publishing and circulation on Wednesday.

In February, the Mangaluru police had booked the administrators of ‘Mangalore Muslims’ for inciting hatred and violence after the murder of Bajrang Dal leader Harsha in Shivamogga.