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Nakkheeran`s Editor moves HC for police protection

Earlier, a group of advocates burnt copies of the magazine in front of the high court, protesting publication of the article.



Chennai: Tamil bi-weekly Nakkheeran`s Editor
R R Gopal has moved the Madras High Court seeking a direction
for police protection to him and others in the wake of the
attack on the magazine`s office by AIADMK workers over
publication of a report about Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

In a petition, he sought police protection to him, his
family members and Nakkheeran employees in the wake of the
attack and damage caused to the magazine office here on
January 7 over the report which had references to the DMK
chief`s eating habits.

Meanwhile, Advocate General A Navaneethakrishnan in a
mention before the First Bench comprising the Chief Justice M
Y Eqbal and Justice K B K Vasuki today said that he proposed
to file a contempt petition against Gopal for flouting a 2006
order of the high court, regarding publication of matters in
the magazine pertaining to Jayalalithaa.

Gopal submitted that since about 10 AM AIADMK party
members had come in batches, stoned the office and threw
brooms, damaging the building and cars parked there.
He said he had informed the police telegraphically and
through email about the attack.

"Whenever AIADMK party comes to power, our Nakkheeran
Publications and its team of journalists face violent
reactions from the party supremo Jayalalithaa," he alleged
listing the attacks on the magazine, its staff and property
since 1991.

Claiming that his life and that of his employees were in
danger and property was likely to be destroyed, Gopal sought
the court`s intervention. The petition is likely to be heard
tomorrow.

Gopal and some employees of the magazine also filed
petitions seeking anticipatory bail apprehending arrest in
connection with the publication of the report.

In a related development, AIADMK`s Tiruvallur district
joint secretary of advocates wing A Vasudevan moved the high
court seeking a direction to the police to register a case
against Gopal for the "objectionable, derogatory and
defamatory" news article against the chief minister.

The article had been published with an ulterior motive,
the petitioner alleged adding he had filed a complaint on
January 7 with police but was not even given an
acknowledgement.

Earlier, a group of advocates burnt copies of the
magazine in front of the high court, protesting publication of
the article.

PTI

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