By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru :Let us congratulate and welcome Sri Om Prakash, IPS. on assuming charge as new Director General & Inspector General of Police,Karnataka State, Bengaluru. He has sought suggestion to improve policing from Citizens, Researchers, NGOs, Media and stake holders and invited them to interact and offer suggestions to help him to enhance the efficiency of the Police Service.Sri Sandeep Patil, IPS DCP Central and Sri M.N.Reddy IPSCommissioner of police Bangaloremust initiate strong action against police officers who are routinely filing false FIR againstRTI and social Activists in Bangalore when complaint does not disclose any commission of cognizable offence on motivated grounds and political grounds. It is pertinent to note that eleven woman comes to Sadashivanagar police station with a complaint that Mallikarjuna L.S had come to public park where they were performing for a public event and he has taken photographs of their public event and asked the police to file an FIR .The police inspector has filed FIR against Mallikarjuna L.S under IPC Section 354(d) which is about stalking a woman and not about taking a photograph in a public function .Now police should explain how 354(d) is applicable for taking a photographs of public performance at public park and that to they were illegally performing without the approval of BBMP at that particular time and in the evening several hundred people visit the park and their public performance event itself was a crime under section 448 of IPC as complainant themselves had tress passed public park and this was photographed and given to Lokayukta as complaint against SRWA is pending before laokayuta.
Victimizing RTI and social Activists is against the law. Mallikarjuna L.Sis whistle blower and brought several irregularities in public domain committed by Sadashivanagar club and SRWA and few big people are conspiring against him as Sadashivanagar club Sanctioned Building Plan was withdrawn and renewal of CA site for Sadashivanagar club is kept pending by UDD and BDA as the CA site on which it stands was originally meant for construction of an International Library .First Information Report (FIR) can be filed immediately upon receipt of complaints if the information disclosed the commission of a cognizable offence and if it does not disclose the commission of a cognizable offence no FIR can be filed by Police. Few woman's had complained to Sadashivanagr Police Station that Mallikarjuna L.S RTI activists who had taken photograph of event at public place with the help of his friend to produce before lokayukta. And police filed FIR against him under 354(d) of IPC. As taking photos in India in a public place is not a crime under any section of IPC then why police officers at Sadashivanagr Police Station filed FIR 16/2015 under section 354 (d) and 506 against Maalikaujun L.S . The police itself are taking photographs of all citizens as it has put up several thousand CCTV Cameras all over Bangalore at many public places. All hotel owners and cybercafés and offices around Bangalore have put CCTV Cameras in all public places take your photographs. Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right of privacy is guaranteed constitutionally at private place and not in public spaces. Public spaces are not private or reserved property. Let everybody put CCTV camera in front of every house the crime will come down and terrorist activities will gradually stop all over as public will be constantly vigilant .As these cameras will act as deterrent .Wherefore taking photographs at public places is not crime and no FIR can be booked against Mallikarjuna L.S .FIR need to be quashed by police department or let the police file B-Report or Let Home department withdraw the false case by taking it to state cabinet. In a reported article quotes a lawyer who suggests this case is a slam dunk... as well as another who said there's no way the case gets anywhere, as there's nothing wrong with taking a photo of someone in a public place.