After 9 years of arrest by Anti Naxal Force (ANF), the 3rd Additional District and Sessions Judge B.B. Jakati on Thursday acquitted journalist Vittala Malekudiya and his father Lingappa, who had been accused of links with Maoists.
Vittala who was pursuing a post-graduate degree in journalism, was arrested on 3 March, 2012 by the ANF. In the charge sheet filed by the police, he was made the sixth accused and his father Linganna was the seventh accused.
When he was arrested, Anti Naxal Force (ANF) personnel searched the house of Vittala and seized, among other things, a book on Bhagat Singh and some articles related to Maoist activities.
The duo were booked under provisions of draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in 2015, three years after arrest.
Vittala Malekudiya and his father were welcomed outside the court premises by DYFI state president Munir Katipalla and other leaders.