Delhi HC lifts stay on publication of book on Asaram Bapu’s conviction

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today set aside a lower court order restraining the publication of a book titled ‘Gunning for the Godman: The True Story Behind Asaram Bapu’s Conviction’.

The order was pronounced by Justice Najmi Waziri in HarperCollin’s appeal against the injunction order passed by the district court. HarperCollins informed the court that the allegedly defamatory content was based entirely on trial record and judgement.

The court, however, directed that the already printed copies of the book be sold along with a flyer clarifying that the book is based on the judgment of a trial court, which is under appeal. Whereas, for online sale, the disclaimer should be given electronically, the court added.

The book, authored by Ajay Lamba, Additional Commissioner of Police, Jaipur and Sanjiv Mathur, claiming to be a true story, was scheduled to be released on September 5 this year, both physically and online.

Earlier, this month the Delhi Court had stayed the publication of this book. The stay order was passed by Additional District Judge RL Meena, in a suit preferred by Sanchita Gupta, co-accused in the Asaram Bapu rape case.

–         India Legal Bureau
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