Asking what it might do if people “feel so sensitive”, Delhi’s High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition to stop the publication, circulation and sale of Congress leader Salman Khurshid’s book “Sunrise Over Ayodhya : Nationhood In Our Times “. The court heard a plea from lawyer Vineet Jindal who claimed that the former Union minister’s book “infringes on the faith of others” because it compares Hindutva to radical groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. “Ask people not to buy the book or read it. Tell people it’s badly written, read something better, ”Judge Yashwant Varma said. The applicant’s lawyer argued that the book could result in a breach of public order and that it was everyone’s duty to keep the peace. “What can we do if people feel so sensitive,” the judge remarked as he dismissed the petition. On November 17, another civilian judge here refused to grant an ex parte injunction on a lawsuit brought by Hindu President Sena Vishnu Gupta to stop the publication, circulation and sale of the book for allegedly injuring the feelings of a much of society. While refusing the interim measures, the court of first instance declared that the author and the publisher had the right to write and publish the book.
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