A social activist has filed a complaint against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for allegedly misusing the National Emblem in the party’s banners, logo and website.
In his complaint to the Election Commission of India, Delhi Police and the union ministry of law, activist Shehzad Poonawal has alleged that the AAP continues to use the emblem despite giving an assurance to the poll panel when the party was registered.
“AAP, at the time of its registration, was specifically directed by the Election Commission of India not to use the National Emblem, Ashoka Chakra or any part in their letterhead or any other party materials in view of the provisions of the Emblems and Names (prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.
The party had assured the Election Commission that it had accepted its decision. Yet, in flagrant violation of its commitment, it continues to misuse the National Emblem. Appropriate action should be taken against the accused for violation of the statutory provisions,” Shezad Poonawala has said in his copmplaint.
AAP spokesperson Manish Sisodia claimed the party had followed the guidelines of the Commission and removed the National Emblem from its website.“The election commsion told us to follow certain guidelines when we applied for the registration,” Sisodia said.