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Supreme Court Refuses to Ban Dalit Writer Kancha Ilaiah Book

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Oct 2017 11:30am

Supreme Court Refuses to Ban Dalit Writer Kancha Ilaiah Book

In a significant order, Supreme Court of India has refused to ban the controversial book "Samajika Smugglurlu Komatollu" written by prominent Dalit writer and intellectual Kancha Ilaiah, saying every author has a fundamental right to free speech. 

A  bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud dismissed a PIL filed by a lawyer seeking direction to the government to ban the book.

“We do not intend to state the facts in detail. Suffice it to say that when an author writes a book, it is his or her right of expression”.  

Petitioner K V Veeranjaneyulu, who is also a member of Delhi-based Arya Vy syas Officials and Professional Association, alleged that the writer had made baseless allegations against certain castes in his book and tried to divide the society on caste lines. He also pleaded the court to ban certain chapters of his book `Post-Hindu India'. He said a criminal case had also been registered against him in Andhra Pradesh for hurting sentiments of people belonging to certain castes and urged the court to ban the controversial book.

"Kancha Ilaiah writes in his book that Arya, Vysyas, Baniyas disliked backward communities, Scheduled Casts and Scheduled Tribes. They are engaged only in business and they are only money-making communities by illegal ways, they bribe government officials, they encourage corruption and hide the monies under the earth without paying taxes from ancient times," the petitioner said. 


Tagged: Supreme Court   Dalit Writer   Kancha Ilaiah   Post Hindu India  
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