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SC stays bailable warrant against MF Hussain

The Supreme Court today stayed a bailable warrant issued against noted painter M F Hussain by a Maharashtra court.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 21:16 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a bailable warrant issued against noted painter MF Hussain by a Maharashtra court on a complaint accusing him of having outraged religious sentiments of the people with his controversial paintings, including that of 'Bharat Mata'.

While staying the April 21 bailable warrant, a Bench of Justice BN Agrawal and Justice PP Naolekar also restrained the trial court from conducting further proceedings in the matter.

The Bench directed that Hussain's petition for transfer of his case from Pandharpur in Maharashtra to Delhi be tagged along with two other such petitions filed by him which were already pending before the apex court.

Earlier, the court had on April 10 stayed a bailable warrant issued against him by an Indore court and stayed proceedings in another case pending at a Rajkot court.

Senior counsel Harish Salve mentioned the transfer petition before the court and sought stay on the bailable warrant.

Earlier, Salve had told the court that the painting in question was a private painting and was put up for auction on the Internet by somebody who named it 'Bharat Mata'.

The petitioner was a 91-year-old artist of international repute and has apologised for it, he had said.

First Published: May 12, 2006 21:16 IST