Punjab government informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday that instead of appointing a retired HC judge to study the contents of Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara’s controversial banned book, Bhavsagar Samundar Amarbani Granth, it wants to constitute a committee of experts. The court was informed that the state government had earlier submitted a list of six renowned persons to the court in November 2013.
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“In consonance with the order dated 23.09.2013 issued by the High Court, it is submitted that a committee may be constituted for assigning the task of scrutiny of book to prepare a complete factual report instead of entrusting this task to a retired judge.”
It was on December 15, 2008, that the Punjab government imposed a ban on the book. The book was opposed by many members of the Sikh community on the ground that the Baba was equating himself with the Sikh Gurus. Baba Bhaniara had moved the HC challenging the state government’s notification imposing the ban.
Earlier, in its report submitted to the HC on June 3, 2012, four of the five-member expert committee constituted on the High Court order had justified the ban. But Baba Bhaniara’s counsel, Vishnu Bhagwan Aggarwal, has argued that only the objectionable part of the book should be deleted instead of banning the entire book. The case would be heard on December 2.