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Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Monday offered to mediate between media and lawyers in Karnataka following the March 2 attack on journalists in the civil court complex here.

“It is unfortunate that such an event happened,” Ravi Shankar said in a statement offering “to mediate between the media and the lawyers”.

The attack, by lawyers, has led to state-wide protests by media people who are demanding action against the guilty.

The journalists have rejected the government’s decision to order a probe by a retired high court or Supreme Court judge into the incident.

Accusing the media of falsely implicating lawyers for the attack, advocates across Karnataka Monday boycotted courts.

A large number of media people Monday took out a procession from the Press Club here to the Mahatma Gandhi Circle, about one kilometer away, demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the incident.

They also met Chief Justice Vikramjit Sen and submitted a memorandum.

The lawyers too held a demonstration in the city centre and met Governor H.R. Bhardwaj protesting against the arrest of four advocates over the attack.

Around 30 police personnel, 10 media persons and seven lawyers were injured in the incident that took place in the court complex in the heart of the city.

A large number of media persons had converged at the complex to cover the court appearance of former Bharatiya Janata Party minister and mining magnate Gali Janardhana Reddy in connection with an illegal mining case.

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said in Mangalore, abut 350 km west of Bangalore, that he was hopeful of ending soon the bitterness between the media and lawyers community.



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