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Supreme Court stays case against MF Husain

Supreme Court stays case against MF Husain
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First Published: Tue, May 08 2007. 07 14 PM IST
Updated: Tue, May 08 2007. 07 14 PM IST
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on 8 May stayed all proceeding of the Haridwar court against noted painter MF Husain.
The move comes a day after police in Mumbai tried to attach the 90-year-old painter’s property based on the order of a court in Haridwar.
A Bench headed by Justice BN Agrawal also issued notice to the complainant in the case against him in Haridwar on Husain’s petition seeking transfer of the matter to Delhi.
The court of Special Judicial Magistrate KS Shukla in Haridwar ordered police to attach Husain’s property after he repeatedly failed to respond to summons to appear before it, including at the last hearing of the matter on April 13.
Complainant advocate Arvind Shrivastava had filed a case against Husain for allegedly depicting Hindu goddesses in an obscene manner hurting the Hindu sentiments in the Haridwar district court in March 2006.
The case was transferred nine months later to the court of Magistrate Shukla, who issued a bailable warrant against the artist on January 2 after he failed to respond to summons.
Acting on the court’s orders in Haridwar, police in Mumbai on Sunday began the process of attaching the house of painter Husain.
It later turned out that the house did not belong to Husain but to his son.
I may return home to India despite threats: Husain
MUMBAI: MF Husain, one of India’s most famous artists, says he would like to return home despite threats to his life for a nude painting of a ‘woman’ shaped like India’s map.
Husain, who has been living in Dubai for the past two years, faces a legal battle back home with police working to seize his property for defying a court order to appear in person.
Husain told an English newspaper he would like to consult his attorneys before making a decision on returning to Mumbai.
“God alone knows what is happening,” Husain told the newspaper in an interview published on 8 May. “The truth is that I’m missing my country. I’ll accept whatever the law decides.”
Husain’s painting shows a nude woman on her knees, creating the shape of India’s geographic borders. It caused an outcry among hard-line Hindu groups that said associating India with nudity was disrespectful. Several legal cases were brought against him.
While Husain’s works have fetched millions of US dollars in recent art sales, his home and exhibitions have come under attack from right-wing groups objecting to his nude depiction of Hindu gods.
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First Published: Tue, May 08 2007. 07 14 PM IST
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