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Students attend a lesson after schools reopen in Bangalore on Monday, May 16, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Police from the Central Crime Branch (CCB) in Bangalore on Monday arrested an RTI activist for allegedly extorting money from several clubs by threatening to file bogus complaints against them, officers said.

The police identified the accused as AR Ashok Kumar Adiga (57), a resident of Basaveshwaranagar. He was arraigned in court on Monday and held in custody for 10 days, they said. Adiga previously wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the Bitcoin scam in the state and brought the matter to national attention.

Days after a controversy erupted over the alleged replacement of lessons on Bhagat Singh from the 10th Kannada Standard Textbooks with speeches by RSS ideologue KB Hegdewar, the Karnataka Textbook Society (KTBS) released a statement on Tuesday saying that the textbooks are still in the printing stage and the lessons of Bhagat Singh have not been abandoned. However, the body added that the revised textbooks also contain lessons on Hedgewar.

KTBS Managing Director Madegowda said, “Although the lessons of Bhagat Singh have not been dropped, the updated Kannada textbooks will contain lessons from Hegdewar. Only 70% of the manuals have been printed so far and we hope to finish printing the rest soon. A committee headed by writer Rohith Chakravarthy was also formed to review grades 6-10 social studies textbooks and grades 1-10 Kannada textbooks.

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