SC rejects plea for prosecution of author Taslima Nasreen

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea seeking cancellation of the visa to controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen and her prosecution for her utterances on Lord Christ and Mother Mary.

Dismissing the plea by the All India Human Rights and Social Justice Forum, a bench of Chief Justice T.S.Thakur and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit observed: “Do you want prosecution of Taslima. Sorry we are not interested.”

Appearing for the NGO, senior counsel Nafis A. Siddiqui drew the attention of the court to the utterances by the Bangladeshi author for which she could be prosecuted and punished under section 13 (Attempts, etc., to contravene the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946) and section 14 (Penalty for contravention of provisions of the Act,) of the Foreigners Act, 1946.

Seeking the cancellation of her visa and her prosecution, the senior counsel said that they have objected to her tweet wherein while asking in a poser what was wrong in celebrating Christmas, the controversial writer had said: “I can’t celebrate lies. Jesus’s mom was not virgin and he was no God’s son.”

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