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Court reserves order on complaint against Bajaj in map row

delhi Updated: Jul 29, 2010 21:39 IST

A Delhi court today reserved its order on a complaint seeking prosecution of industrialist and Rajya Sabha MP Rahul Bajaj for the posting of an allegedly disfigured India map by his insurance partner Allianz on its website.

"Put up the matter for order on August 12, next date of hearing," Metropolitan Magistrate Geetanjali Goel said.

The complaint seeks to summon and prosecute Bajaj because the German company's website allegedly carried the Indian map where Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh were shown as parts of Pakistan and China respectively.

One of the complainants, Sanjay Sachdeva, earlier told the court that the "disfigured" map was in contravention of India's territory as defined in the Constitution.

Bajaj has an insurance business JV with Allianz.

Citing a Supreme Court judgement to buttress his case, Sachdeva said Bajaj cannot be absolved of the offence despite the police report that the map disfigurement was the act of his German insurance partner, Allianz.

Earlier, the court recorded statements of Sachdeva and other complaints Harsh Malhotra and Sonu Rangi to ascertain as to whether a case against Bajaj was made out or not.

Sachdeva, a member of the Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Party, had sought the prosecution of Bajaj under Section 124A (sedition) of the IPC on the grounds that the disfigurement of India map was an "anti-national" act.

Responding to the allegations, Bajaj had earlier told PTI that the portal, which depicted the map with the reported discrepancy, belonged to his company's insurance venture partner, Allianz.

The complaint, on the other hand, alleged that "in the website (allianz.com), he intentionally, depicted the state of Jammu and Kashmir as a part of Pakistan and Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China.