16 March 2009: The Judicial Magistrate, First Class (JMFC), of Barbil, Keonjhar District, summons Peter Heehs or his lawyer to answer criminal charges in the Barbil Magistrate's court. Heehs subsequently appears through lawyer. The "occurrence" is stated as follows: "When the Complainant received a copy of the offending publication called 'The Lives of Sri Aurobindo' written by the above named accused Mr. Peter Heehs through courrier [sic]". The sender of the book is not named.

Late May: JMFC rejects Heehs's prayer to be represented by a lawyer, adjourns the case to July, and issues a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against Heehs.

27 May: R.N. Biswal, Vacation Judge of the Orissa High Court, stays the NBW against Heehs, and stays all proceedings in the Keonjhar case. The Judge permits the complainant to file a counteraffadavit, but informs him that this petition was "likely to be disposed of at the admission stage" (rejected immediately without listing).

28 May: A bench of the Orissa high court orders that the JMFC, Barbil, who had taken cognizance of the Barbil complaint and issued the NBW against Heehs should be immediately transferred to Kochinda (pop. 13,584).