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Bill planned to ban 'defaming' books

by Swati Deshpande, Ambarish Mishra & Sanjeev Shivadekar, Times of India, 13 July 2010.

Less than a week after the Supreme Court slammed the state for banning American author James Laine's book on Shivaji, the Maharashtra government is contemplating a comprehensive legislation to stop "defamation of national, historical or community icons".

Legal and constitutional experts said the state was left with very few options after the apex court struck down the ban. "The state cannot pass a law to ban certain kinds of books based on its perception of history," said counsel S G Aney. Fundamental right to freedom of speech is circumscribed by the constitutional exceptions itself.


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