A release by the police said, "The fake news was aimed at creating conflict between two communities and bringing a bad name to the state government that nobody is safe in this state."
"Not only thousands of people saw that news, it was also shared on Twitter and Facebook. In this connection, the Cyber Crime police registered a case against the owner of the portal and arrested him," it said.
BJP Lok Sabha MP Prathap Simha yesterday hit out at the Congress government for the police action against Hegde.
"Today morning Coward Congress Govt (Karnataka) arrested @mvmeet Mahesh Vikram Hegde under unconnected IT act 66, that too by using CCB! Shame on you @INCKarnataka (sic)," he tweeted.
However, AICC in-charge communications Randeep Singh Surjewala defended the police for the action, saying, "What happened here, a particular website accused a seer of a minority community being attacked by member of another minority community....they are trying to spread hatred among communities by perpetuating and peddling fake news."
"Why should criminal action not be taken against such people for they disrespect the freedom of press?" he asked.