Court lifts injunction on book about Baba Ramdev ‘godman to tycoon’, Freedom of Speech safeguarded says Publisher

A mainstream Indian publishing dwelling has emerged victorious from a authorized struggle with Baba Ramdev over a controversial e book whose publication and sale had been previously restrained. “The victory is a landmark for no cost speech,” Juggernaut, the publisher, claimed.

Further Periods Judge Jay Thareja lifted the ex-parte interim injunction on the publication and sale of “Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev”.

Juggernaut Textbooks and author Priyanka Pathak-Narain were being represented by Rajashekhar Rao, Satyajit Sarna and Amit Agrawal.

The publication and sale of the e book had been restrained on August 4, 2017.

The e book traces the rise of Ramdev from a little village into a international icon, but also notices the quite a few fault-strains in this journey. The e book is properly-researched. An infographic in the Juggernaut blog shows that Pathak-Narain referred to practically two hundred newspaper content articles, filed far more than eight RTIs, and spoke to far more than fifty men and women in the procedure of producing the e book. “My resources corroborated – and dismissed – data that I had gathered from other most important resources, aiding me fill in the gaps right up until a clear narrative started to arise,” she says in a blog site.

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“We complied with that get straight away thereafter. That get was handed ex-parte, that is, with no listening to either the publisher, Juggernaut Textbooks, or the author of the e book, Priyanka Pathak-Narain,” Juggernaut claimed in a statement.

The Get claimed that this was performed in get to stay clear of “the hold off which would be induced for the duration of the procedure of serving the detect and listening to the defendants”.

“The April 28 get overturning the injunction is a victory for no cost speech,” the publisher claimed, incorporating that the decide pointed out that the typical system, in these types of suits “is to secure the appropriate of liberty and speech confirmed to an unique/journalist/author as confirmed beneath Report 19(1)(a) of the constitution” unless of course “the defense of truth of the matter, good comment and good reporting, pleaded by the unique/journalist/author, appears to be completely meritless,” the publisher elaborated.

Juggernaut also affirmed that the e book will straight away be offered for sale on its application and in a few days on on the internet and in physical retail retailers.

“At Juggernaut we will always struggle for our textbooks and authors and we are delighted by this judgment. We hope, much too, that it will aid other publishers and writers,” Juggernaut Textbooks publisher Chiki Sarkar and CEO Simran Khara, claimed in the statement.

Pathak-Narain heaved a sigh of relief as the injunction was lifted.

“It is a terrific relief that the injunction has been lifted. Non permanent injunctions can kill textbooks and it is heartening that the judiciary has stood up for liberty of speech and of the press,” she claimed.

In simple fact, the publisher is at this time providing the e-version of the e book for no cost on its web page.

“Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev” offers an in-depth glance at how Patanjali actually will work and promises to debunk the solution of its results.


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