Sachin Tendulkar has been asked by an Indore court to reply to a charge of insulting the national flag during the Indian team's recent tour to the West Indies for the World Cup tournament.
The Additional Sessions Court judge Mohammad Shamim asked Tendulkar to file a reply before December 15.
The court however exempted the cricketer from appearing in person.
Earlier this year, newspapers and television channels showed Tendulkar cutting a Tri-colour cake during the Indian team's stay in Jamaica.
The court notice follows a petition filed by Uma Bharati's Bhartiya Janashakti Party (BJS) leader Rajesh Bidekar.
Bidekar had contended before the court that cutting the Tri-colour cake by the cricketer was an insult to the national pride, his lawyer Rajesh Sharma said.
Meanwhile, Youth Congress activists and others in Indore also on Saturday took to the streets in protest and set Tendulkar's posters on fire.
The convenor of Tiranga Abhiyan, an NGO, Ravi Atrolia has also demanded an unconditional apology from Tendulkar for allegedly disrespecting the national flag and warned of legal action if he failed to tender an apology.