For the third day running, Resident Editor of The Hindu S. Nagesh Kumar was made to go to the Punjagutta police station by the police in its ongoing witch-hunt against the newspaper.
The harassment has been going on in connection with the case registered against the newspaper for publishing a report about the visit of Director-General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy to a godman in the Old City. The police commenced investigation into the case registered against The Hindu Resident Editor on Tuesday, a day after his bail order was executed.
Accompanied by his advocate Balwanth Reddy and medical practitioner Dr. K. Ramakrishna, he reached the Punjagutta police station at the designated time. He sought another date for his examination on medical grounds and showed all relevant records.
Mr. Nagesh Kumar accordingly said he would appear on September 28, for the questioning. Station House Officer N. Tirupathi Rao, who is the investigating officer did not however relent and insisted that they again appear on September 26. After prolonged discussions, the date for his next appearance was fixed on September 27, in line with a notice that was served on Monday, but superceded immediately.
Veteran journalist A.B.K. Prasad accompanied Mr. Nagesh Kumar to the police station while the representatives of the AP Working Journalists Federation led by B. Basava Punnaiah who reached the police station waited outside the investigating officer’s chambers till the examination was completed.
During the course of the 100-minute-long meeting at the police station, the investigating officer questioned the Resident Editor of The Hindu in a general manner.
Mr. Nagesh Kumar sought to convey to the police that he was only the Resident Editor and that it was a case of mistaken identity that a complaint was lodged and case registered on his name.