The Delhi Court has stayed the publication and release of the book ‘Gunning for the Godman’till September 30th which was to be published on 5th September.
The book ‘Gunning for the Godman’ was to be published on 5th September by Harper Collins which is to be available both at the bookstore and at Amazon and Flipkart and when noticed about the things are hidden behind the book, Sanchita Gupta, an associate of Asaram had filed a case on it and the publication and release of the book were stayed by the Delhi court which was passed by Additional District Judge RL Meenain a lawsuit chosen by Sanchita Guptatill September 30th.
BEHIND THE BOOK
This book ‘Gunning for the Godman’ is all about the case history of Asumal Sirumalani Harpalani popularly is known as Asaram Bapu’s conviction. In August 2013, a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by him in his Ashram in Jodhpur and her parents had filed a complaint on him, he was arrested on 1st September 2013, was put under various non- bailable sections of IPC and was given life imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 50,000 to the victim. Even he tried to come out with the support of politicians but the only thing resulted was denial of bail twelve times and life imprisonment. And also there are numerous objection on him and his ashram.
With piling up those multiple convictions, the book was written by Ajay Lamba, Additional Commissioner of Police, Jaipur and Sanjiv Mathur which is claimed to be a true story.
REASONS OF STAYING THE PUBLICATION
Sanchita Gupta was a co-accused for this conviction told the Rajasthan Court during 2018, but then her sentence was cancelled by the court. The case against the publication was filed by her advocates Naman Joshi and Karan Khanuja.On her behalf, her Advocate Vijay Agarwal mentioned that this book, however, ‘’is at variance with the trial record and most importantly interfered with Sanchita’s appeal which was sub-judice and where the High Court of Rajasthan had already suspended her sentence”.
He fenced that as Sanchita’s sentence was cancelled it says she has been entitled to a presumption of innocence and he further contended that the Court of Rajasthan can conduct a re-probe of the witness and even a trial but while on the process publication of this book couldn’t be given an allowance.
He averred that the publication of the book would prejudice Sanchita and run counter to her rights under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.
Staying the publication and release of book till September 30th the Court said “Sanchita Gupta’s reputation is at stake and her reputation would suffer irreparable harm if the ex parte injunction is not granted particularly when the book is going to be published on September 5”.