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Jaswant publishers approach SC, appeal against ban

Jaswant publishers approach SC, appeal against ban

Singh has likened himself to Salman Rushdie who faced a ban for Satanic Verses.

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New Delhi: Expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh moved the Supreme Court on Friday, challenging the Gujarat government's ban on his book on Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Singh, along with a representative of Rupa and Co, publisher of the book Jinnah -- India, Partition, Independence, filed a petition in the apex court against the ban imposed by the Narendra Modi government on August 19, two days after the book's launch.

The petition said that the Gujarat government notification banning his book had no mention of the content which called for action and added that the ban was imposed without anyone reading the book.

While imposing the ban, hours after Singh was expelled from the party, the state government had alleged that it had defamed the image of the country's first Home Minister Vallabhbhai Patel by "questioning his patriotic spirit".

Gujarat Government spokesperson Jay Narayan Vyas had said, "I think it is an injustice to a national hero like Sardar Patel. Gujarat would not permit this kind of a book to be sold in the state."

However, Singh maintained that the step amounted to "banning thinking" and likened it to the one taken against noted author Salman Rushdie for his controversial work Satanic Verses.


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