New Delhi: Protest: Freedom of Press in Danger

Join Us to Protest Against the Sedition Charges

filed by Police Commission , Ahmedabad against Resident Editor Times of India, Ahmedabad- Bharat Desai and correspondent Prashant Dayal. Mathur lodged a complaint under Sections 124A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intent) of IPC by publishing reports against him.

June 12, 2008
Time 11am
venue: In front of Gujarat Bhawan, Kautilya Marg, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi

OP Mathur is the same police officer about whom Mr Sreekumar had submitted in his petition the following:

“A significant enclosure in the petition is the official register of verbal instructions received by Mr. Sreekumar from Mr. Modi and senior bureaucrats and police officers. This register has been numbered and certified by the then IGP (Administration & Security), SIB, O.P. Mathur.

Mr. Sreekumar has alleged that these verbal directions were in the nature of “illegal and unconstitutional” directives. These alleged acts include tapping the phone of the former Chief Minister, Shankarsinh Waghela; asking him to desist from collecting intelligence about the sangh parivar and its activities; throwing Muslims out of relief camps; tracking the mobile number of Haren Pandya, then a Minister in the Modi Government, and the history of calls made from that number; and asking Mr. Sreekumar not to offer a correct assessment to the Central Election Commission on the communal situation in Gujarat. “
The Hindu, Thursday, Apr 14, 2005

“Sedition is a charge which was slapped on the Indian media by the colonial rulers during the freedom struggle. Abuse of the sedition provision against the media negates the freedom granted to the citizens by the Constitution,” Editor’s Guild of India