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Despite grant of anticipatory bail, police barge into The Hindu Resident Editor’s house

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Justice Chandra Kumar of A.P. High Court pulls up police for its action

Even though the Andhra Pradesh High Court had granted The Hindu ’s Resident Editor anticipatory bail in a case concerning a news story that the State’s police chief has objected to, a posse of policemen barged into his residence here on Saturday morning ostensibly to issue a notice requiring him to appear in the local police station. Eight uniformed policemen forced their way into S. Nagesh Kumar’s house and questioned his 81-year-old mother and daughter, who were present at that time, asking them about his whereabouts.

At the same time, Inspector Tirupathi Rao of the Panjagutta police inspector and G.N. Sastry, public relations officer in the office of the Andhra Pradesh Director-General of Police, called up a reporter of The Hindu , asking him to inform Mr. Nagesh Kumar that he has to be present at the local police station.

Mr. Nagesh Kumar’s daughter, describing how the police forced their way in to the house, said: “It was clearly an attempt to intimidate the family.”

Meanwhile, on Saturday, A.P. Working Journalists Federation protested against the police’s highhandedness, while a separate delegation of Indian Journalists Union and A.P. Union Working Journalists met Punjagutta police, handed over a copy of the bail order and demanded action against the guilty policemen.

Our Legal Correspondent adds:

When the matter was brought to his notice on Saturday by Mr. Nagesh Kumar’s counsel, Justice Chandra Kumar of the A.P. High Court expressed his unhappiness at the police action. The judge then sent for the public prosecutor and when the advocate representing the prosecutor came, he directed him to inform the police of the Court’s order. Justice Kumar reminded him that the orders were pronounced after both sides argued their case.

Justice Chandra Kumar of A.P. High Court pulls up police for its action

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