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Court issues notice to MF Hussain

A Delhi court directs the painter to appear before it in a case related to alleged indecent depiction of Bharat Mata and Hindu gods.

delhi Updated: Jan 09, 2008 20:50 IST

In fresh trouble for noted painter MF Hussain, a Delhi Court has issued a notice directing him to appearance before it in a case related to alleged indecent depiction of Bharat Mata and Hindu gods.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) AK Kuhar directed the 92-year-old painter, who is believed to have left the country as part of a self-imposed exile, to appear before it on March 29. The court also pulled up the police for tardy probe in a related matter.

"Keeping in view the facts and circumstances of the case, the investigating officer (IO) is directed to expedite the investigation as already sufficient time has been given," the ACMM said in a recent order, directing the police official to produce the final investigation report by March 29.

Asking the IO to speed up the probe in the case filed by a doctor of Apollo Hospital, Ram Pratap Singh, the ACMM said "I hope no further time will be sought by the IO in completing the investigation".

Earlier, Singh's counsel had raised the issue of delay in police probe and complained that there was a deliberate attempt to delay the probe.

Singh had filed a complaint in 2006 accusing Hussain of hurting religious sentiments of public by allegedly painting "nude or scantily clad pictures of Bharat Mata, Sita and Draupadi", which reportedly appeared in a magazine and a national daily.

The other case in which the court also issued a notice to complainant advocate Arvind Shrivastava, the painter has been accused of outraging religious sentiments, promoting enmity between different devout groups.

He has also been accused of selling obscene material and disturbing national integrity, thereby committing offences under several sections of the IPC.