Christ picture: Absconding publisher gets interim bail
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 23:17
Shillong: The absconding publisher, whose school text-books carried a scandalous representation of Jesus Christ holding a cigarette and a beer can, today procured an interim bail.

"Director of Delhi-based Skyline Publication, Indra Mohan Jha today got an interim bail from the Shillong bench of Gauhati High Court through his counsel," DSP Vivek Syiem said.

A CJM court here had issued an arrest warrant against him on February 23 after the authorities of a convent school here, where the book carrying the controversial picture were supplied, filed an FIR.

A Meghalaya Police team had gone to Delhi in the last week of February to arrest him, but Jha could not be traced.

"His Ghaziabad residence was locked and neighbours said he was missing since some days. No one was available in the publication's office at Hasanpur in Delhi," Syiem said.

A case under Section 295 (A) of the IPC has been registered against Skyline Publication for hurting religious sentiments.

Meghalaya Police is, however, likely to challenge the interim bail in the court.

The publication had tendered a public apology for hurting religious sentiments and regretted the "gross mistake", saying "action has been initiated to retrieve the erroneous book from all places where it has been sent".


First Published: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 23:17

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