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02 June, 2008

ToI Ahmedabad editor charged with conspiracy against state

Teesta Setalvad writes:

The Resident Editor of Times of India, Ahmedabad, Bharat Desai, has been charged with sedition and conspiring against the state. The charge is contained in a complaint lodged at at the Navrangpura Police Station in Ahmedabad at 3 am on Sunday, June 1.

The Times of India has been running a well documented campaign against the newly appointed Commissioner of Police OP Mathur for having criminal and underworld links.

The complaint has been lodged against Resident Editor, Times of India, Ahmedabad and reporter Prasant Dayal, and Gautam Maheta of Gujarat
under sections 120-B, 124-A and 34 of the IPC. CID crime is investigating the complaint.

Please protest and condemn. This is nothing short of an attack on the freedom of the press. Media associations, journalists unions and civil rights bodies must join in
the protest.

Today, journalists in Ahmedabad demonstrated outside the Commissioner
of Police's office at 11 am. Nationwide protests must folow.

Attached below are the downloaded clippings from TOI Ahmedabad and the
Complaint filed against Journalists and the Newspaper by the Gujarat

Teesta Setalvad


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