Telangana: Civic body demolishes house of journalist who reported lockdown violations at TRS MLA’s party

Telangana: Civic body demolishes house of journalist who reported lockdown violations at TRS MLA’s party

A local journalist in Narayankhed (TS) has alleged that his house was demolished by the TRS government in Telangana after he reported violation of social distancing norms during birthday celebration of a celebration MLA.

Narayankhed civic body on Wednesday demolished house of local TV journalist Parmesh.

Speaking to India Today, Parmesh claimed that his house was demolished after he ran a story on local ruling party legislator M Bhupal Reddy having an enormous birthday celebration during the lockdown on April 7.

He said that he wasn’t even notified by the authorities of building violations.

On April 7, MLA Bhopal Reddy cut a 60-kg cake and celebrated his birthday during a private hall in violation of lockdown norms. Over 500 people reportedly took part within the birthday celebrations.

A PIL has been also filed in Hyderabad supreme court and a two-bench judge comprising judge Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Vijaysen Reddy has sought response from the lawmaker over the difficulty of lockdown violation by the MLA.

BJP MLC Ramchandra Rao extended support to the journalist. He lashed out at CM KCR and alleged that the lockdown norms aren’t being followed by MLAs of the ruling party. He alleged that the police and administration had become mute spectators to lockdown violations by VIPs linked to the TRS.

Meanwhile, TRS has denied any wrongdoing and hit back at the BJP for politicising the difficulty .

“The MLA has nothing to try to to with the incident. Since the house was constructed violating the norms, the agency went ahead with demolition. If the said journalist has any permission related proof, he should produce and that we will ensure proper justice. Our government isn't like other BJP-run state governments where journalists are booked under sedition and other serious charges and harassed,” said M Krishank of TRS.