Petition claimed that the contents of the book are offending and tend to hurt his sentiments of masses.
A Civil court in Ahmedabad has refused to grant stay and rather dismissed a suit filed to seek a ban on a satirical book Feku Ji Have Delhi Ma (Feku is now in Delhi) in Gujarati.
This Book mocks all the tall promises and claims made during the election campaigning for the 2014 Parliamentary Polls by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Opponents of Mr. Modi, during the polls, had called him feku (boastful) while ridiculing his claims.
The court ruled that the book in question only contains the personal opinion and views of its author Sh. Jayesh Shah and as such any order of banning it would end up in violating the Author’s Constitutional Right to freedom of expression.
Petition filed by Narsinhbhai Solanki pleads that the contents of the book are offending and tend to hurt his sentiments of masses. It claims that its Title is derogatory and defamatory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Petitioner had made Prime Minister Modi a respondent in the suit and had sought ban on the sale of the book in Gujarat and outside.
It claimed that the book was published only to taunt and defame the Prime Minister, while criticising his Government which came to power only two years back.
‘Defamatory, insulting and derogatory’ portrayal of the Prime Minister was the plaintiff’s main grievance.
But, the Civil court of Sh. A.M. Dave ruled that the book in question does not pose a threat at all to the unity and sovereignty of the country, and as such there is no valid ground for imposing a ban on the sale and publication.
The judge accordingly dismissed the suit while also refusing to restrain the impleaded author and publisher from selling the book.