Karnataka HC refuses to interfere in extortion case filed against TV channel MD
The Karnataka High Court has refused to interfere in a police investigation against the managing director of Power TV, a Kannada television channel, for alleged extortion. Power TV in September had aired an “expose” on alleged corruption involving the family of Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa. Meanwhile, a separate bench of the High Court reserved orders in an anticipatory bail plea filed by the Power TV official against his arrest in the extortion case. Power TV managing director Rakesh Shetty approached the High Court last month after the Bengaluru police crime branch began investigations into an alleged case of extortion filed against him by Ramalingam Construction Company Limited director Chandrakanth Ramalingam. Ramalingam, in a police complaint filed on September 24, had accused Shetty of coercing him into saying that he made payments to politicians for contracts, and complained that these conversations were recorded.