Manufactured Outrage On ‘War & Peace’? Bombay HC Didn’t Refer To Tolstoy’s Classic But Another Book On Maoist ConflictWar And Peace by Leo Tolstoy (L) and War and Peace in Junglemahal by Biswajit Roy (R) (Photo courtesy Amazon and Setu Prakashani)

In a new twist surrounding the controversy over the supposed remarks of the Bombay High Court on the book War and Peace in the Bhima Koregaon case, it has now emerged that the bench was not referring to the Russian classic by Leo Tolstoy, but rather a different book called ‘War and Peace in Junglemahal: People, State and Maoists’ by Biswajit Roy.

This was revealed by the Editor of the Mumbai Mirror, Meenal Baghel, who revealed that recent media reports about the court’s remarks in the case had all gotten it wrong.

Reports doing the rounds following the latest hearing in the Bhima Koregaon case had claimed that accused academic Vernon Gonsalves was questioned by the court over a number of CDs and books that he kept, including Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

The incorrect news regarding the court’s remarks had generated an outcry across social media, with a number of users disconcerted by the insinuation that the bench was drawing an adverse inference against Gonsalves for simply keeping a copy of the Russian classic.

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