The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the union ministry of information and broadcasting to respond to a petition seeking a ban on 'Prabhu Kirpa' magazine for allegedly causing hatred and threat to the harmony among Sikhs and Hindus by self-styled godman Kundan Kumar alias Kumar Swamy as well as chief editor Mann Singh and publisher Dr Jeevan Jyoti.
Taking up a petition filed by Kapurthala resident Bharat Bhushan Sharma, justice Ritu Bahri issued a notice of motion to the union ministry for January 13.
The court was informed that the magazine was printing material that was not as per principles of Sikhism and even a threat to the law of the land. It had been submitted that people related to the magazine had been writing articles against Sikhs by damaging the original script of Gurbani of Guru Granth Sahib.
The petitioner has also sought criminal action against the respondents related to the magazine, including Kumar Swamy, the editor and publisher. It was informed that the petitioner had issued a legal notice to the respondents on February 27.
It has also been informed to the court that in the article titled 'Suryavanshi Hain Gurudev', printed in the magazine's issue of July 2009, the accused had tried to compare Kumar Swamy to Lord Ram and Guru Gobind Singh by placing his picture under those of the latter. It has been alleged that the respondents tried to show Kumar Swamy as successor to Lord Ram and Guru Gobind Singh, which was against the beliefs of Sikhism and Hinduism.
The court was informed that the magazine had been publishing Gurbani Shabad in a style different from the one in Guru Granth Sahib.