SC notice to Yoga guru Ramdev on book publisher's plea against HC order

The high court had passed the restraining order after Ramdev claimed that the book had defamatory content.

Published: 30th November 2018 12:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st December 2018 01:22 AM   |  A+A-

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to yoga guru Ramdev on a plea by a publisher challenging the Delhi High Court's verdict restraining sale and publication of a book purportedly on his life.

The high court had passed the restraining order after Ramdev claimed that the book had defamatory content.

"We will issue notice to Respondent 1 (Ramdev)," a bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said while slating the hearing for February next year.

The publisher, Juggernaut Books Private Limited had approached the apex court challenging the high court's September 29 judgment.

Earlier, Ramdev had filed a plea in the high court against the book titled 'Godman To Tycoon - The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev', saying the book, purportedly on his life, had defamatory content and harmed his economic interests and reputation.

The high court in its September verdict had restrained the sale, publication and distribution of the book and had said that the right to reputation of a living individual cannot be crucified at the altar of the right to freedom of speech and expression of another.

It had said the publisher was restrained from selling and publishing the book till the time the alleged objectionable portion was deleted.

Ramdev had approached the high court to set aside a trial court order removing the ban on the publication and sale of the book.

The book was released on July 29, 2017.

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