HC junks sedition FIRs against Times of India

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday quashed five FIRs charging The Times of India, Ahmedabad, with sedition for publishing a series of articles after the appointment of O P Mathur as police commissioner in May 2008.

The FIRs were lodged by Mathur against the newspaper, its resident editor, the correspondent who wrote the articles and a photographer.

Quashing the FIRs, the court said the reports did not amount to sedition.

Justice Harsha Devani said the reports commented on the "wisdom" of the decision to appoint Mathur as police commissioner and were not concerned with the state government. And "the state cannot be identified with an individual", the judge added.

The court held that the strongly worded criticism and comment on the state government's decision to appoint Mathur as the police commissioner did not fall within the ambit of sedition.

Mathur, now retired, is currently Director General of Raksha Shakti University.

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