New Delhi, Nov. 28 -- The right to dissent is the essence of a vibrant democracy, the Delhi high court said in its order dismissing a plea to ban Congress leader Salman Khurshid's book. The freedom to express ideas freely cannot be permitted to be overshadowed, justice Yashwant Varma said in his order released late on Friday evening.

On Thursday, the high court dismissed a plea by a lawyer Vineet Jindal seeking a ban on Khurshid's book, titled "Sunrise Over Ayodhya: Nationhood in Our Times", which had triggered outcry from certain quarters, particularly over the fact that the author had compared a "robust version" of Hindutva to the jihadist Islam of terror groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and the Boko Haram.

Justice Varma said the "...