Brewery apologise for putting picture Gandhi on beer can

An American brewery has apologised for putting a picture of Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi on its beer cans, reports say.

New England Brewing Company’s move came after a petition was filed in an Indian court saying that the move had “insulted” the leader.

Gandhi led non-violent resistance to British rule in India.

He was assassinated in January 1948, months after India secured independence.

The brand carrying the image of the leader is called Gandhi-Bot, which is an India Pale Ale.

The company says on its website that the beer is an “ideal aid for self-purification and the seeking of truth and love”.

A lawyer filed a petition in a court in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, alleging that carrying Gandhi’s image on alcohol cans was “condemnable” and punishable under Indian laws.