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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh , July 12, 2013
Considering the request made by Baba Piara Singh Bhaniara to remove objectionable parts from his banned book, 'Bhavsagar Samundar Amarbani Granth', the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday directed the Punjab government to take a decision on the matter in nine weeks. The full bench comprising justices Surya Kant, Jitendra Chauhan and Surinder Gupta, while hearing Bhaniara's petition, also made it clear that if the final decision in the case could not be taken by September 23, the case would be heard on a daily basis thereon.

The Punjab government had imposed a ban on the book on December 15, 2008. Baba Bhaniara had moved the high court challenging the state government notification imposing the ban. The book was opposed by many members of the Sikh community on the ground that the Baba was equating himself with the Sikh Gurus.

Also, in its report already submitted to the high court on June 3 last year, four members of the five-member expert committee constituted on the high court's order had justified the ban on the book.

On May 13 this year, the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Ambala, had sentenced Baba Bhaniara and seven others to three years' jail on the charges of promoting religious enmity for burning pages of Guru Granth Sahib in 2001.