Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 23 (PTI) The Kerala government on
Wednesday decided to file a complaint before the Press Council
of India with regard to the "defamatory reports" published by
certain newspapers on the incident of a minor fire at the
Secretariat here on August 25.
The decision in this regard was taken at the cabinet
meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The government has also decided to seek legal opinion to
take action against some newspapers, "which had consciously
published reports that could lead to misunderstanding", a
statement from the Chief Minister''sOffice said.
Legal opinion will be sought from the Advocate General
for initiating action under Section 199(2) of the Code of
Criminal Procedure (CrPC) for publishing defamatory reports
against those engaged in their official duties, it said.
Section 199 of CrPC deals with prosecution for defamation.
"Three newspapers had reported fake news, saying some
important diplomatic files connected with the gold smuggling
case were destroyed in the fire," a source from the CMO said.
Targeting the CPI(M)-led state government over the fire in
the state secretariat, the opposition Congress and BJP had
alleged that they suspected a "sabotage" to "destroy important
files" related to the sensational gold smuggling case.
The opposition parties had also staged violent protests,
demanding a probe into the matter.
The state government has appointed an ADGP-led probe team
to investigate the matter and an expert panel to look into the
technical reason behind the incident.
The panel had submitted a report, suggesting short
circuit as the reason behind the minor fire.
The government has maintained that none of the important
files were destroyed as the state secretariat had a few years
ago migrated all its files to the e-files system as part of
the paperless secretariat initiative. PTI RRT UD APR
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