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Case slapped on Anna for ‘disrespecting’ flag

PTI  Jaunpur, August 17, 2013
First Published: 22:42 IST(17/8/2013) | Last Updated: 22:43 IST(17/8/2013)

A local court on Saturday directed the police to register a case against social activist Anna Hazare for allegedly showing disrespect to the national flag during his visit to Jaunpur on July 29.

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Chief judicial magistrate Narendra Bahadur Prasad directed the Line Bazar police to register the case and probe the matter.

The court’s direction came on a petition filed by a local lawyer Himanshu Srivastava.

In his complaint, Srivastava has alleged that Hazare had come to a college here to address a meeting during his ‘Jantatra Yatra’ on a vehicle, on which a full size national tricolour was pasted. The meeting went on till 8PM and this amounted to showing disrespect to the flag.

Earlier, a delegation of local lawyers had also met the Superintendent of Police stressing that though they were supporters of Hazare’s anti-corruption campaign and had therefore gone to the meeting, they were hurt by the disrespect of the National Flag at the meeting and demanded lodging a case. According to the rules, the national tricolour should be hoisted from sunrise to sunset and not beyond that.


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