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Jesus picture: Shillong cops to move court
Shillong, Feb 21 (AGENCIES)
Published on 22 Feb. 2010 1:39 AM IST
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: Meghalaya police will obtain an arrest warrant from the court of the chief judicial magistrate, Shillong, on Monday before proceeding to pick up the owner of Skyline Publishers in Delhi for publishing pictures of Jesus Christ with a cigarette and beer can in textbooks for junior classes. The decision was taken on a day the publication house offered a “public apology” and regretted the “gross mistake” that appeared in the cursive writing books. According to The Telegraph, superintendent of police, East Khasi Hills, A.R. Mawthoh, Sunday told that the police would move the CJM court here on Monday for a warrant to arrest the owner of Skyline Publishers. “The owner will be arrested for committing the offence under 295(A) of the IPC which is ‘deliberate and malicious act intended to hurt the religious feeling of any class by insulting its religion’ or religious beliefs,” Mawthoh said. He said as the police had already registered the case under Section 295(A) IPC after St Joseph’s School had filed an FIR, criminal proceedings would be taken against the owner. According to Mawthoh, the maximum punishment for the offence, which is non-bailable, will be three years’ imprisonment with or without fine. The SP said after obtaining the warrant of arrest from the court here, a team of police officials would leave for Delhi to get the custody of the owner of the publication house. Subsequently, he would be brought here, Mawthoh added. The publisher today apologised to the Christian fraternity and leaders of the community for hurting their sentiments and also to the students, the Meghalaya government and the NGOs in the state. According to the police, even if Skyline Publishers tendered an apology for hurting the religious sentiments of the people, the case against the publisher will proceed and it will be up to the court to take a final decision. Steps have been taken to withdraw the books from places where they had been sent, the publisher said, adding that action had been taken against those involved in the production of these books.

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