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| Ban on Jaswant’s book on Jinnah challenged in Gujarat HC|
| Updated at: 1001 PST, Tuesday, August 25, 2009|
NEW DELHI: Two prominent social activists filed a petition in Gujarat High Court challenging ban on the book of BJP leader Jaswant Singh. Gujarat government had on August 19 issued an order banning the sale of the controversial book of Jaswant Singh.
The activists Manish Jani of Navnirman fame and Prakash Shah a journalist and social activist, two in one, have challenged the action of the Gujarat government on the ground that it violated the fundamental right of people under article 19 of the Constitution of India.
Gujarat is the only state in India to ban the book. Intellectuals in Gujarat have protested against the ban saying it was a move to throttle voices that were not liked by the government for no reason or rhyme. As per the ban, there cannot be sale, distribution or publication of the book in the state.
A statement issued by the Gujarat government said that Jaswant Singh\'s book questioned the role of Sardar Patel during the partition of India as well as his patriotic spirit and charged Jaswant with trying to defame Patel by distorting historical facts.
The book has been banned because it contains defamatory references regarding Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who is considered as the architect of the modern India, according to a statement issued by the state government.