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SC refuses to ban S Hareesh’s ‘Meesha’, says book ban policy will kill ideas

SC refuses to ban S Hareesh’s ‘Meesha’, says book ban policy will kill ideas

Considering a petition filed against novelist S Hareesh’s Meesha, the Supreme Court of India on Thursday said that the book ban policy will kill ideas and it should not be taken recourse to unless they are hit by section 292 of the IPC that prohibits obscenity.

The Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud refused to ban the book which became controversial after some Sangh Parivar organizations protested against it.

“You are giving undue importance to this kind of stuff. In the age of internet, you are making this an issue. It is best forgotten,” said justice Chandrachud.

The court has also asked Mathrubhumi Publications, which fist published the novel, to submit a note within five days-giving the theme of the book and the three parts of the book carried by the publication translated into English.