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Arora has named Aatish Tasser, William Dalrymple, Saket Gokhale, Arfa Khanum Sherwani, Meena Kandasamy for having pressurized Bloomsbury India into withdrawing the book.
Advocate Monika Arora has made a complaint to the Commissioner of Police, Delhi against publishing house Bloomsbury India for rescinding on its obligations to publish and distribute her book titled Delhi Riots 2020: The Untold Story.
The complaint reads,
In her complaint, Arora has also named Twitter users Aatish Tasser, William Dalrymple, Saket Gokhale, Arfa Khanum Sherwani, and Meena Kandasamy for having pressurized Bloomsbury India into withdrawing the book and for allegedly committing the offences under Sections 503, 505, 295A of the Indian Penal Code.
Arora has stated that pursuant to an agreement, Bloomsbury India was granted the sole and exclusive licence to reproduce copies of her book, which was provisionally titled 'Delhi Riots 2020: A Ground Story of Exploited Faultlines'.
After the final text of the book was approved by Arora, the official book launch was scheduled for August 22. The invitation to the launch, along with an e-poster of the event and speakers, was sent to Bloomsbury India, which was duly acknowledged. The complaint goes on to state,
"On the date of the launch, at 3:30 PM, t While the book launch event was live, a statement came to be issued by the Publisher that it had decided to withdraw the book."
As a result, Arora asserts, the book was taken down from the Amazon website, by which time it had already become the number one Bestseller in the 'Political' category.
Stating that Bloomsbury India refused to budge in spite of repeated requests, Arora has complained,
Arora has further alleged that the withdrawal was a result of a "venomous campaign" on social media by group of individuals/propagandists widely known as the “Urban Naxal Gang” which included Taseer, Dalrymple, Gokhale, and others.
It is also informed that even before publication, articles were published by some media houses, namely The Quint”and NewsLaundry, critiquing the book. Further, a legal notice was sent by Nandini Sundar questioning the foreword and one chapter of the book.
Asserting that an "unauthorized version" of the book has been "mischievously released" on social media to hurt her goodwill and reputation, and to subvert any future sales of the book. This was an offence under Sections 379 410, 411 of the IPC, read with Section 72 of the Information Technology Act, 2000, Arora has said.
In view of the above, she has urged the Delhi Police to take immediate and necessary action against the accused persons in a prompt and effective manner.
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