Court restrains distribution, sale of Kannada book ‘Tippu Nija Kanasugalu’ | Bengaluru

The civil court in Bengaluru on Wednesday imposed a temporary stay on the sale and distribution of controversial Kannada book ‘Tippu Nija Kanasugalu’, after a suit was filed alleging that the book would cause unrest and disturb communal harmony, people privy to the developments said on Thursday.

“The Defendant No.1 to 3 and the persons and the agents claiming through or under them are restrained by way of temporary injunction from distributing and also selling including on-line platform, the book by name “Tippu Nija Kanasugalu” written in Kannada language ,” court order said.

Addanda C Cariappa, Ayodhya Publications, Rashtrotthana Mudranalaya are the author, publisher and printer of the book written in Kannada.

The plaintiff, Rafiulla BS, a former chairman of the Bengaluru District Wakf Board Committee and a resident of Bengaluru, had submitted that the book “contains wrong information without any support or justification from the history”.

The book “does not show from where did the author get the information”, and the book was published on the “author’s own interpretation of facts”, the plaintiff claimed.

The plaintiff also contended that the book contains derogatory remarks against the Muslim community, and added that the publication of the book will “cause unrest and communal disharmony” disturbing the public peace at large.

Accepting his contentions, the court said, “If the contents of the play are false and it contains false information about Tipu Sultan, and if the same are distributed, it would cause irreparable loss to the plaintiff and there are chances of breach of communal peace and harmony and there is a danger to the public peace.”

“If the book is circulated pending appearance of the defendants, the purpose of the application itself would be defeated. It is common knowledge that controversial books sell like hot cakes. Therefore, at this stage the balance of convenience is in favor of the plaintiff in granting the order of injunction,” the judge observed.

However, the court cited jurisdiction to refuse to grant an injunction on the staging of the play based on the same, in Mysuru. Also, the order would not come in the way of the defendants “printing the said books at their risk and storing the books which are already printed”.

The court issued emergent notices to the three respondents and adjourned the hearing of the case to December 3.

The play has been embroiled in controversy for alleged distortion of history and demonizing the Mysuru ruler. The play made its stage debut at Rangayana in Mysuru last week amid heavy police security.

(With inputs from PTI)

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