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Kerala HC stays award to M F Husain
September 12, 2007 18:20 IST
The Kerala [Images] High Court Wednesday restrained the state government from conferring the 'Raja Ravi Varma' award to noted painter M F Husain.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dathu and Justice K T Shankaran issued the interim order on a petition by one Ravi Varma of the erstwhile royal family challenging government's decision to confer award to Husain.
The petitioner argued Husain had "abused" the freedom of expression by depicting Hindu gods and goddess in a "vulgar" manner, disregarding religious sentiments and feelings. Hence there are no guidelines for selection of the award. Despite several protests in the state, the government has not withdrawn the award, he stated.
Earlier the state education and cultural department had announced that Husain will be conferred the award on September 17.