Despite an order from the Bombay High Court in his favour, trouble for Murzban Shroff, author of Breathless in Bombay, is far from over as a local court here has now directed the city police’s crime branch to investigate if the book promotes communal disharmony.
The city police had lodged a case against Shroff for allegedly inciting communal disharmony by addressing Maharashtrians as ‘Ghaati’ (lowly) in his book.
Mr. Shroff had approached the High Court seeking to quash the FIR lodged against him. Justice S. C. Dharmadhikari had observed that Mr. Shroff was just an author and not a trouble maker.
The N. M. Joshi Marg police station had informed the High Court that “they did not find any reason to prosecute the author and there is nothing offensive in the said book.”
The court was also informed that a ‘C’ summary report has been submitted in the metropolitan magistrate’s court seeking to close the case against the author.
“Despite this, the Dadar metropolitan magistrate has sent the case to the Crime Branch seeking further investigation in the complaint,” Mr. Shroff said.
Officials from the N. M. Joshi Marg police station said the case was transferred to the Social Service Branch of the Crime Branch after the complainant sought further investigation.