Four months after it was approved, the new symbol for the Indian Rupee, designed by IIT-ian Uday Kumar, is back in news for different reasons.
An RTI activist has moved Delhi High Court challenging the selection process and the public competition organised by the finance ministry to choose the symbol, terming it “full of discrepancies” and “flawed”.
The petition, filed by Rakesh Kumar, who participated in the competition, names the finance ministry and Usha Thorat, chairman of jury in the Indian Rupee Symbol Selection Committee, as respondents.
The matter is to be taken up by the court soon.
The Centre’s defence counsel Jatan Singh denied all the charges and said complete transparency had been followed in the selection procedure. He said there were 2,696 entries of which 226 were short-listed. Five made it to the final rounds and the website was updated regularly with all details.
He said the process that had started in February last year culminated after the Union Cabinet selected the entry by Uday Kumar in July 2010.
In his petition, Rakesh Kumar claims the selection process was in utter violation of the prescribed finance ministry guidelines of ‘public competition’.
He alleged that winner Uday Kumar had submitted four designs against the maximum two allowed, and the chosen selection is just an imitation of the symbols for the Yen and the Euro. “Participants were told the symbol should be in the Indian national language script”, he contended.