Monday, March 20, 2006

Indian Supreme Court declines cartoon case


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a writ petition seeking criminal prosecution of Uttar Pradesh Minister Haji Yaqoob Qureshi who announced a reward of Rs 510 billion to anyone who beheads the Danish cartoonist who caricatured Prophet Mohammad.

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Y.K. Sabharwal and judges A.R. Lakshmanan and C.K. Thakker while dismissing the petition filed by V.K. Tiwari asked him to file a criminal complaint against the minister in the concerned district court.

Counsel said a complaint could not be registered because the petitioner was told that unless the aggrieved party filed the complaint it could not be registered.

The bench said the statement made by Qureshi last month was unfortunate but "this is not a case which calls for our examination".