SC notice to Ramdev on plea against HC order restraining publication


SC notice to Ramdev on plea against HC order restraining publication, the sale of the book on him

The Supreme Court Friday published a notice to yoga guru Ramdev on a plea challenging a Delhi High Court order that restrained publication and sale of a book titled ‘Godman to Tycoon: the Untold Story of Baba Ramdev’, which is purportedly on his life.

As per the yoga guru, the book was defamatory in nature and infringed his “right to privacy”.

The issue is listed for hearing next year in January.

On September 29, Justice Anu Malhotra held the “right to reputation of a living individual” cannot be “sacrificed and crucified at the altar of the right to freedom of speech and expression of another” and restrained the publication and purchase of the book.

While saying about the judgment, Justice Malhotra saw that the book is written about a “living human”, who is “entitled to be treated with dignity and has a right of the social reputation as an ordinary citizen even if he is a public figure”.

The court had barred the publisher and seller from publishing, distributing and selling the book until they delete references to the disappearance of Swami Shankar Dev and the murder of the Swami Yogananda, saying that there was no evidence to support Ramdev’s connection to the two matters.

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