38.6c New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 25, 2024
Judiciary

SC Issues Notice To Baba Ramdev On Book Publishers Plea Against HC Order

By LawStreet News Network      01 December, 2018 12:00 AM      0 Comments
SC Issues Notice To Baba Ramdev On Book Publishers Plea Against HC Order

The Supreme Court on November 30, 2018, issued a notice to Yoga guru Ramdev on a plea by a publisher challenging the Delhi High Court's verdict restraining sale and publication of a book purportedly on his life.

A Bench comprising of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta was hearing a petition filed by the publisher, Juggernaut Books Private Limited against Delhi High Court's September 29, 2018, judgment.

The Delhi High Court had passed the restraining order after Ramdev claimed that the book titled "Godman To Tycoon" The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev had defamatory content and harmed his economic interests and reputation.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the publisher, told the apex court that there were "some significant" and "very interesting issues" in the matter.

The Bench also asked why the publisher has made e-commerce websites Amazon India and Flipkart Internet Private Limited, which were earlier selling the book online, parties in the plea.

"Why do you want Amazon and Flipkart (as parties) unnecessarily in this," the Bench asked and issued a notice to Ramdev only.

The Delhi High Court in its September verdict, restraining the sale, publication and distribution of the book, had said that the right to reputation of a living individual cannot be "crucified" at the "altar of the right to freedom of speech and expression" of another.

It had said the publisher was restrained from selling and publishing the book till the time the alleged objectionable portion was deleted.

The book penned by journalist Priyanka Pathak Narain was released on July 29, 2017.

After its release on August 4, 2018, Ramdev approached the trial court claiming that the allegations in the book relating to his life were incorrect.

The trial court had restrained the publisher from publishing and selling the book until further orders. It had also restrained Amazon India and Flipkart Internet Pvt. Ltd from selling it online and stop its pending deliveries to buyers.

On April 28, 2018, however, an additional senior civil judge (ASCJ) had removed the ban which prompted Ramdev to approach the Delhi High Court.

The Delhi High Court had stayed an order of the ASCJ lifting the ban on publication and sale of the book. It had also granted interim relief to Ramdev while hearing his plea challenging the ASCJ's order.

While restraining the publishing of the book, the Delhi High Court noted that the person about whom the book is written is a "living human being" who was entitled to be treated with dignity.

It also said that the portions of the book "which make readers think that he is an ambitious villain, until so proved in the court of law, are necessary to be restrained from being published and distributed for sale till disposal of the case pending before the lower court.

The apex court has listed the matter for further hearing in the first week of February next year.



Share this article:

User Avatar
About:


Leave a feedback about this
TRENDING NEWS

investor-vishvanidhi-dalmia-accused-of-collusion-in-nsel-scam-maharashtra-govt-affidavit-reveals
Trending Judiciary
Investor Vishvanidhi Dalmia accused of collusion in NSEL Scam, Maharashtra Govt Affidavit reveals [Read Affidavit]

Investor Vishvanidhi Dalmia accused of colluding with NSEL's prime accused Jignesh Shah, as revealed in Maharashtra Government's affidavit filed in Bombay High Court.

24 July, 2024 09:34 AM
sc-declines-re-test-of-neet-ug-2024
Trending Judiciary
SC declines re-test of NEET UG, 2024

SC declines re-test for NEET UG 2024 due to insufficient evidence of systemic paper leak, affecting only 155 students and preserving the sanctity of the exam.

24 July, 2024 10:00 AM

TOP STORIES

supreme-court-allows-compounding-of-offence-in-cheque-dishonour-case
Trending Judiciary
SUPREME COURT ALLOWS COMPOUNDING OF OFFENCE IN CHEQUE DISHONOUR CASE [Read Judgement]

Supreme Court allows compounding of offence in cheque dishonour case, emphasizing the priority of compensatory aspects over punitive in settlements.

19 July, 2024 09:12 AM
allahabad-hc-directs-passport-authority-to-decide-on-application-without-prior-court-permission-in-pending-criminal-cases
Trending Judiciary
Allahabad HC directs Passport Authority to decide on application without prior court permission in pending criminal cases [Read Order]

Allahabad HC directs Passport Authority to decide applications without prior court permission for individuals with pending criminal cases within a specified timeframe.

19 July, 2024 10:03 AM
restrictions-in-law-not-to-prevent-constitutional-court-from-granting-bail-if-right-to-speedy-trial-infringed-sc
Trending Judiciary
Restrictions in law not to prevent constitutional court from granting bail if right to speedy trial infringed: SC [Read Judgement]

SC affirms constitutional courts can grant bail despite restrictive laws if the right to a speedy trial under Article 21 is infringed.

19 July, 2024 10:17 AM
sexual-harrasment-charges-against-wb-governor-sc-to-examine-constitutional-immunity
Trending Judiciary
Sexual harrasment charges against WB Governor: SC to examine constitutional immunity

The Supreme Court will examine a plea to investigate sexual harassment allegations against West Bengal Governor C V Ananda Bose, challenging his constitutional immunity.

19 July, 2024 01:46 PM

ADVERTISEMENT


Join Group

Signup for Our Newsletter

Get Exclusive access to members only content by email