New Delhi, Apr 6: Justice Pratibha M Singh withdrew the notice that was issued to former President Pranab Mukherjee, earlier in the day, demanding a response on a plea seeking deletions of certain contents from his book titled- Turbulent years 1980-1996, for purportedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus.
After lunch hour she passed an order to withdraw the notice. The next hearing on the matter is scheduled for April 9. She also freed herself from hearing the case which scheduled for scheduled July 20.
Dissatisfied with the order by the Lower Court on November 30, 2016, the petitioner’s filed an appeal in the High Court against the lower court. The petitioner and lawyers alleged that certain references in the book such as the portions written on the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, hurt the sentiments of Hindus.
The advocate handling the case of the plaintiffs argued that the lower court faultily dismissed the plea on the ground that there was no cause of action.
The lawyer then reportedly challenged the orders of the Lower Court before HC that there was a cause of action when the two-month notice was published by the petitioner to remove the certain contents from the book has expired.
The petitioner’s advocate has also argued before the trial court that a civil suit could also be filed against the President during his tenure in order to his act done by him in his ‘personal capacity’, reports The Indian Express.
However, the President’s counsel opposed the plea before the trial court by saying that it was not maintainable.