Journalists and leaders cutting across party lines condemned the booking of cases by Director General of Police V. Dinesh Reddy against The Hindu Resident Editor S. Nagesh Kumar.

Former National president of Samata Party V.V. Krishna Rao in a statement said that the registering of a case by the Hyderabad police for publishing a news item on the DGP’s visit to a godman was “highly condemnable.” “I have seen several DGPs, but none has behaved like this. Even lower ranking police officers behave in a more dignified manner. This was a direct attack on press freedom,” he said.

Former PCC secretary Kolanukonda Sivaji said that The Hindu was known for its integrity. The DGP could have given a clarification on why he met the Baba. If he met the Baba on police work related to Ganesh immersion, he should have met the heads of other religions too, Mr. Sivaji said. The kind of behaviour shown by the DGP would only tarnish the image of the Police Department, he said.

The Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists condemned the foisting of false cases against Resident Editor of The Hindu . The Vijayawada Press Club president K. Jayaraj in a statement said that booking of a case against the Resident Editor under Sections 505 and 469 of the Indian Penal Code was a blatant attack on press freedom. He called on all democratic forces to protest against the attempt to suppress press freedom.