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Bombay HC seeks publisher’s response on reference to Bhindranwale as ‘terrorist’ in book

A division bench headed by Justice Anoop Mohta gave the response earlier this week while hearing a petition filed by Mumbai resident Amritpalsingh Khalsa.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2017 16:47 IST
Press Trust of India, Mumbai
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The Bombay high court has sought the response of Balbharti, the publisher of school textbooks, on a petition seeking deletion of a chapter in a history textbook in which separatist leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale is referred to as a “terrorist”.

A division bench headed by Justice Anoop Mohta gave the response earlier this week while hearing a petition filed by Mumbai resident Amritpalsingh Khalsa.

In his petition, Khalsa alleged that the Maharashtra State Bureau of Textbooks Production and Curriclum Research (better known as Balbharti) is spreading a “vicious propaganda” by calling Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale a “terrorist”.

He sought a direction to Balbharti to delete the reference to Bhindranwale as “terrorist”, in a chapter in the history textbook of Class IX.

The petition has also sought a direction to Balbharti to tender an apology to the Sikh community for allegedly hurting their religious sentiments and direct the police to register a criminal complaint against the education body.

The high court has posted the petition for further hearing after four weeks.

Khalistani leader Bhindranwale was killed during Operation Bluestar in 1984.

First Published: Jul 30, 2017 16:43 IST