The Madras High Court on Thursday said the Editor of a Tamil bi-weekly who had already been granted anticipatory bail in connection with the recent publication of an article relating to the Chief Minister, should not be arrested in other cases arising out of the same offence allegedly committed by him.
The First Bench comprising the Chief Justice M.Y.Eqbal and Justice T.S. Sivagnanam passed the order on a petition by Nakkheeran Gopal, Editor, Nakkheeran Publications, Royapettah here.
The petitioner said following a complaint from an AIADMK party member, the Zam Bazaar police here had registered a case. In the police station, two more FIRs had been registered for the publication of the same article.
The petitioner submitted that for one occurrence there could be only one FIR, one investigation and only one charge sheet.
In his case, for one single occurrence, hundreds of cases were being registered all over the State in different police stations. Criminal jurisprudence did not recognise such a police action. This was a travesty of criminal justice delivery system and abuse of the process of law. He prayed the court for an interim direction to the authorities to transfer all the FIRs registered and to be registered against him in various police stations in the State to the Zam Bazaar police station and to club them with the case already registered.
When the matter came up, the Advocate-General sought time to file counter. The Bench adjourned the matter by two weeks.