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Delhi High Court to hear a petition involving President Pranab Mukherjee

In a significant development, the Delhi High Court today gave its approval to hear a petition that involves President Pranab Mukherjee. The petition challenges an earlier order that was given by a trail court. The original case was filed against Pranab Mukherjee and it had sought deletion of some portions of a book written by Pranab Mukherjee. It was alleged that certain sections in the book were hurtful to Hindu sentiments. The book named ‘Turbulent Years 1980- 1996’ was published in 2016 and the lawsuit had sought the deletion of certain portions of this book. However, a trial court had rejected this petition last year on November 30. Now, the Delhi Court has agreed to hear the petition.

The date for the next hearing has been fixed on September 16 by Justice Vinod Goel. The High Court pronounced its decision after hearing the arguments of advocate Barun Kumar Sinha, who said that the trial court was wrong in its dismissal of the original lawsuit. The trial court had rejected the lawsuit, as it pointed out that the President of India has immunity from legal proceedings. However, the lawyers in High Court said that a civil suit can be filed against the President in regards to any of his acts done in his personal capacity.

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