SC dismisses plea against Malayalam novel ‘Meesha’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition against Malayalam novel “Meesha”, whose serialisation in a leading vernacular weekly was withdrawn earlier by the author following threats by suspected right-wing outfits.

Dismissing the petition, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A. M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said a book has to be looked at as a whole and not in a fragmented manner.

Holding that imagination has to have a free play, Chief Justice Misra pronouncing the judgment said that writers must have a free play with words, ideas, language, perception.

The petitioner had sought ban on a part of the novel which he contended had portrayed women and temple priests in an “objectionable” light.