TOI moves High Court against FIRs by police commissioner

AHMEDABAD: The Times of India on Wednesday filed a petition in the Gujarat High Court challenging the FIRs lodged by city police commissioner accusing its resident editor and a correspondent of sedition and criminal conspiracy.
Justice Z K Saiyed of the High Court vacation bench has scheduled for tomorrow the hearing on the matter. Police Commissioner O P Mathur has filed three complaints against resident editor Bharat Desai, a correspondent Prashant Dayal and a photographer for publishing a series of reports against him between May 27 and May 30. The complaints were filed on June 1 and 2. The articles published by the newspaper had alleged that Mathur had links with former underworld don Abdul Latif. The journalists’ fraternity in the state had yesterday submitted a memorandum to Gujarat Governor Naval Kishor Sharma and Director General of Police P C Pandey demanding withdrawal of all charges against the TOI staffers.
4 Jun, 2008, 1650 hrs IST, PTI


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