‘DH board had nixed move to replace editor’

RAMYA KRISHNAMURTHY writes from Bangalore: The board of directors of The Printers (Mysore) Private Limited had rejected a move to replace K.N. Shanth Kumar as editor of Deccan Herald and Praja Vani five years ago, before a palace coup 15 days ago installed his brother K.N. Tilak Kumar at the helm.

The admission is made by Shanth Kumar himself in his writ petition (WP 20008/2007) before the Karnataka High Court, which comes up before Justice Abdul Nazeer tomorrow, March 1.

According to the petition, Parul Shah, a wholetime director of the company and wife of K.N. Hari Kumar, the editor whom Shanth Kumar replaced, moved the resolution at a 2002 meeting but the board rejected the proposal.

In his petition, Shanth Kumar questions the manner in which the change of guard, effected without the okay of the board, was authenticated by the district magistrate, Bangalore urban district, without inquiring into the validity of the change.

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Read verbatim excerpts of the writ petition on sans serif