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US senate candidate ends lawsuit over 'fake Indian' sign

Press Trust of India  |  New York 

An Indian-American candidate for the US from Massachusetts, who had filed a lawsuit against the city of for being asked to remove a sign from a campaign bus that read 'Only a Real Indian Can Defeat the Fake Indian', is now ending the lawsuit.

is running as an independent, anti-establishment candidate, in the 2018 for the from He had in April filed a lawsuit in the US District Court, District of in response to the city of Cambridge's enforcement order to levy a fine of USD 300 a day if Ayyadurai did not remove his slogan - 'Only a Real Indian Can Defeat the Fake Indian' - from a campaign bus.

The slogan on the campaign bus was accompanied with a picture of Ayyadurai alongside Democratic US Senator who was shown as a Native American.

In a court filing, Ayyadurai and his campaign Shiva 4 said that because the city of has rescinded its April 5, 2018 enforcement order, they are requesting dismissal of their lawsuit against the city.

Ayyadurai's campaign page claims he is the inventor of email and holds four degrees from He is currently the founder and of CytoSolve Inc, which is discovering cures for major from to He had come to in 1970 as a seven-year-old.

Ayyadurai and his campaign team termed the city's decision to rescind its enforcement order against them as a historic victory to protect the right to free speech.

The city of accepted to unconditionally withdraw its enforcement order, which sought to levy fines and other penalties on Ayyadurai for his campaign bus bearing the slogan.

In a historic legal precedent, the city conceded that freedom of speech rights, embodied in the First Amendment, extend to all vehicles, he said in a statement.

"If we had not fought and won this battle, the city of Cambridge would have set a historic precedent empowering any bureaucrat sitting in a across to squelch your free speech, because they simply didn't like you or favoured a particular political ideology or candidate. Imagine being in constant fear that a slogan you put on your car, or on your body, such as a T-shirt, could result in your being dragged into court and fined? This is a victory for all Americans, Ayyadurai said.

He further said in the statement that had the city not rescinded its order, a full blown trial would have forced to be the main subject of interrogatories, discovery, depositions and cross examination, likely revealing her role in colluding with officials in to squelch Ayyadurai's rights to free speech.

This victory is not just a victory for free speech but a victory for truthful free speech. Our slogan highlights Elizabeth Warren's lack of integrity. She stole a faculty position meant for a real and deserving minority, said Ayyadurai.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 14:15 IST