A Chandigarh court on Monday issued summons to Bollywood actor and Kings XI Punjab chairperson Preity Zinta and co-owner Ness Wadia for using pictures of freedom fighters in their Indian Premier League advertisements.
The summons were issued by Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Anshul Berry on a complaint filed by city-based NGO Global Human Rights Council (GHRC).
In their complaint, GHRC had objected on the use of pictures of freedom fighters, including those of Bhagat Singh and Rajguru, in the advertisements of Kings XI Punjab. They said the advertisements had "hurt the sentiments of the people".
"Earlier summons could not reach the accused as they were travelling at various match venues in the country. Now I will personally go to hand over the summons to Preity Zinta and others at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium," Arvind Thakur, president of GHRC, said.
The court has summoned Zinta and Wadia on April 2.
"They are saying that they have already rendered a public apology through some daily newspapers. But they have not given assurance that they will not indulge in such activities in future. Therefore, we want them to render an apology before the court," he said.