"A reading of the report on the meeting makes it clear that it is factual and cannot by any stretch of the imagination be regarded as inducing the commitment of any offence against the state or against public tranquility, nor does it even remotely amount to forgery as alleged in the complaint. The DGP might have been embarrassed by the report, but that hardly makes it an offence under the law," the Editors Guild of India said in a statement.
"That the complainant, Ram Narasimha Reddy, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Madhapur) and President of the A P Police Gazetted Officers' Association, is an officer of the police force working under V. Dinesh Reddy makes the registration of the FIR highly problematical," the statement adds.
The Editors Guild of India further said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Government of Andhra Pradesh should issue instructions to ensure that the freedom of the press is protected against such abuse of power vested in the hands of the police who, as this case illustrates, are not above seeking to cover up their embarrassment by abusing the process of the law.
--ANI (Posted on 19-09-2013)