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ATHENA LEGAL IN COURTS: DELHI HC ORDERS DELETION OF INSINUATING CONTENT IN THE BIOGRAPHY OF BABA RAMDEV: SEPTEMBER 29, 2018:

November 26, 2018

The Hon’ble Delhi High Court in Swami Ramdev Vs. Juggernaut Books Pvt. Ltd. & Ors. CM(M) 556 of 2018 & 557 of 2018, restrained Juggernaut Books from publishing, distributing and selling its book titled “Godman to Tycoon: The Untold Story of Baba Ramdev” to the extent that it makes “unfounded claims” against the Yoga Guru. The Hon’ble Court directed that if the publisher Juggernaut Books wishes to publish and sell the biography written by Priyanka Pathak Narain, it has to delete portions of the book that deal with the death of Baba Ramdev’s ally, Shankar Dev Ji and the dis-appearance of his Guru, Swami Yogananda. The Hon’ble High Court had passed an order of temporary injunction against the publisher earlier this year.
The Hon’ble Court observed that since Baba Ramdev is “revered and respected as a spiritual Yoga Guru and that the veracity or otherwise of the contents of statements made in the BOOK is yet to be established”, there was no justification to refuse his plea for an injunction against the insinuating statements in the book.
It stated, “the petitioner about whom the BOOK is written about is a living human being and thus entitled to be treated with dignity and has a right of social reputation as an ordinary citizen even if he be a public figure, and as reputation is a cherished value and an element of personal security, portions of the BOOK which make readers think that he is an ambitious villain, until so proved in the Court of Law are necessarily to be restrained from being published and distributed for sale till disposal of the suit bearing no. 619/2017 pending before the learned ACJ-CCJ-ARC(E), Karkardooma Courts, Del-hi.” Furthermore, the Court noted that the balance of convenience was in favour of Baba Ramdev as irreparable loss would be caused to him if “some portions” of the book continue to be in operation. The Hon’ble High Court has thus directed Juggernaut Books to delete the insinuating portions from the Book to be able to market the book. 

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