Bengaluru: The Central crime branch arrested Postcard News founder Mahesh Vikram Hegde for allegedly running fake and communally sensitive news.
Postcard News founder was arrested based on two complaints – one of which was filed on March 18 by Gaffar Baig, the General Secretary Bengaluru District Congress Committee. Another complaint was filed in Sanjay Nagar against a story published by Postcard News about Rani Chennamma and Onake Obava.
“No one safe in Siddaramaiah’s Karnataka,” the Facebook page of Postcard News said. The post, which was accompanied by a picture of the monk with injuries on his arm and shoulder, has now been deleted.
The Bengaluru Police confirmed that Hegde was arrested for a story that was carried on March 18 claiming that a Jain monk got injured after being attacked by a Muslim youth. It was later known that the monk had been injured in a road accident.
“Hegde had been arrested on Thursday on the basis of a complaint filed with the cyber crime police station attached to the Central Crime Branch regarding a fake news item tweeted and posted by Postcard News,” the Police said.