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Indore Law College Book Row: MP Home Minister says police teams formed to arrest author

According to the complainant, LLM student Lucky Adiwal, Khan's book Collective Violence and Criminal Justice System', published in 2014 by Amar Law Publications showed the RSS in poor light without any facts.

The case was registered on charges of promoting enmity between different groups and hurting religious feelings, police earlier said. (file)
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Three days after an FIR was registered against Dr Farhat Khan in connection with the “anti-RSS content” in her controversial book, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Tuesday said that police teams have been formed to arrest her.

According to the complainant, LLM student Lucky Adiwal, Khan’s book Collective Violence and Criminal Justice System’, published in 2014 by Amar Law Publications showed the RSS in poor light without any facts.

In another development, a Indore court on Tuesday denied the pre-arrest bail to former Principal of Government Law College Imanur Rahman and a professor, whose names also figured in the FIR registered against Khan.

On Saturday, an FIR was registered against Khan, the publisher, college principal and others under sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence) and 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class).

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Speaking to The Indian Express, Hitesh Khetrapal of Amar Law Publications said that in 2021 when “we received a complaint against the book, we withdrew the unsold copies while corrections were made in the unbound copies.”

“We had hardly printed 750-1000 copies and considering that this book is only referred by LLM students, not many copies were sold and we were able to retract most of them. After a complaint was raised, we also made the author to apologise,” said Khetrapal.

Speaking to the media, Mishra said police teams have been formed to arrest author Dr Farhat Khan and the publisher of the book…will also write to the department concerned to withdraw her (Khan’s) doctorate degree.”

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Before the FIR was registered on Saturday, protests were held by students affiliated to the ABVP outside Principal Rahman’s office.

First published on: 06-12-2022 at 15:53 IST
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