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May 23, 2006 at 04:18pm IST

MF Husain's London show stopped

London: An MF Husain exhibition in London was suddenly closed on Monday following threats from certain Hindu groups based in Britain.

An official at Asia House, London, said the decision was taken because of threats to the paintings.

The move followed demonstrations against the exhibition by several Hindu groups in Britain.

WORK OF ART?: Hindu groups in Britain have demonstrated against paintings of Mother India.

A local advocate Rajkumar Pande had filed a petition on March 3 alleging that an 'objectionable' painting had hurt the sentiments of Indians.

A local court had issued a summons last Wednesday against the noted painter and former Miss India Nafisa Ali on the 'objectionable' paintings of Mother India.

The hearing has been postponed to June 27.

The prosecution told Judicial Magistrate Arvind Raghuvanshi on Friday that the summons, routed through Mumbai Police Commissioner, could not be served yet.