Preliminary evidence will be produced in a city court on July 5 against Lok Sabha MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq (82), who walked out of the House when the national song ‘Vande Mataram’ was played on May 8.
Two lawyers – Kulbhushan Bhardwaj, district general secretary of the BJP and Somender Singh – had on Thursday filed a private complaint against Barq, MP from Sambhal Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh, alleging “he is guilty of bringing disrepute to the national song.”
The counsel representing them in the case Pradeep Khatana said he would produce media reports before the court as preliminary evidence.
The case was filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Ravneet, who transferred it to the court of Judicial Magistrate Sukhpreet Singh, who on Friday asked the complainants to produce preliminary evidence.
Barq should be “summoned, tried and punished in accordance with the law,” the complainants have prayed in the court. The said the act by the MP can be punishable under Section 3 of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act-1971. It can invite a jail term up to three years.