HarperCollins Publishers India Pvt. Ltd. has moved the Delhi High Court against a District Court order (Patiala House), restraining publication of a book titled “Gunning for the Godman: The True Story Behind Asaram Bapu’s Conviction” on Asaram Bapu’s Rape case.
It is submitted that the trail Court passed an order of injunction without even considering the Book on as a whole, or the context in which the passages that have been quoted by the Respondent.
The book, alleged to be a true story of the facts surrounding the conviction of self-styled godman Aasaram Bapu was authored by Ajay Lamba, Additional Commissioner of Police, Jaipur and Sanjiv Mathur. It was scheduled to be released last Saturday.
However, the District Court at Patiala House, New Dehli on Friday, passed an ex-parte order to restrain the publication of the book, in a civil suit filed by Sanchita Gupta (Respondent No.1/Plaintiff), who was convicted by a court in Jodhpur under POCSO Act in 2018 as an aid of Asaram Bapu in a case related to the rape of a minor girl.