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Azmi supports ban on James Laine's book on Shivaji

Echoing popular sentiment on banning American author James Laine's controversial biography of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi today said he supported the ban.

mumbai Updated: Jul 10, 2010 20:18 IST

Echoing popular sentiment on banning American author James Laine's controversial biography of Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi on Saturday said he supported the ban.

"Writing about someone's character under name of freedom of speech and expression is not right. The book contains objectionable matter about Shivaji Maharaj and it has to be banned," Azmi told reporters in Mumbai.

However, the same opposition was not shown by Shiv Sena and other parties when Salman Rushdie and Taslima Nasrin wrote objectionable matter about Allah, he said.

The apex court yesterday upheld the decision of the Bombay High Court to lift the ban on the book by Laine, which, according to the state government, contained material promoting social enmity.