The Bombay high court on Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation taking objection to the use of words ‘Satyameva Jayate’ in a Star TV television programme anchored by Aamir Khan.
“Under the State Emblem of India (Prohibition and Improper Use) Act and State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rules, prohibition is only for the use of the Emblem as a whole and not the motto ‘Satyameva Jayate’ separately,” the court said.
The court dismissed the PIL filed by activist Manoranjan Roy, who claimed that use of the words ‘Satyameva Jayate’ for commercial purpose is a violation.
“There is no merit in the petition to show that the programme’s logo is an imitation of the Emblem. Hence sections 3 and 4 of the Act are not attracted,” the court said.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the Union ministry of home affairs and information and broadcasting, earlier told the court that the words ‘Satyameva Jayate’ are only the motto of the Emblem.
“Use of Emblem as a whole is specifically prohibited under the Act. Use of the motto is not prohibited,” he said.
The petitioner’s lawyer, however, argued that even the use of the motto attracts violation under the Act, and hence should be prohibited.
The Union ministry of home affairs in its affidavit filed earlier had said the use of the phrase ‘Satyameva Jayate’ was not violative of the Act and Rules.
“The Act and Rules prohibit improper use of the State Emblem of India as a whole. There is no provision which prohibits the use of its part like ‘Satyameva Jayate’, the lion, the bull, the horse and so on,” said the affidavit filed by Pradeep Pandey, undersecretary, ministry of home affairs.