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Ahmedabad court refuses to ban book criticising Narendra Modi
A court in Ahmedabad has refused to ban a Gujarati book criticising the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. The court dismissed a law suit seeking a ban on the sale of the book.

The suit was filed by Narsinh Solanki, a social worker. In his application, Solanki had said that the intention of the book is to mock and defame Modi. He also claimed that the contents of the book are defamatory and derogatory in nature and could hurt people's sentiments. The book has been written by Jayesh Shah, a Congress leader.

Civil court judge, A. M. Dave, while dismissing the petition cited Article 19 of the Constitution. The book that has been titled, "Fekuji Have Dilli Ma (Fekuji is in Delhi now)". The court asserted that banning the book would violate the fundamental right of freedom of expression.

In the book, the author discusses various pre-poll promises made by Modi during his campaign for 2014 Lok Sabha polls and claims that the Prime Minister has failed to deliver on them.

According to Solanki, Modi has been the Prime Minister for just two years and this time was not enough to fulfil all the promises he made during the poll campaign. Solanki sought the court's intervention to put an immediate ban on the sale of the book, which has been available in the market since last few months.

However, the judge said that in a democratic country, people have all the right to express their personal views through a book. The court held that banning the book would violate the right of freedom of expression.

When asked by the court that what personal damage he had suffered with the publication of the book, Solanki could not establish the same.

On arguments of defamation, and being offensive, the court, on the contrary, observed that the book was not a threat to the unity and sovereignty of the nation and hence there was no need to restrain the writer and the publisher from selling the book.

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