In what may come as some relief to Olympic medal winning pugilist, Vijender Singh, the Bhiwani police after investigating a complaint regarding use of national emblem on his wedding reception cards has declared the offence as non-cognizable.
In a non-cognizable offence, the police is not bound to register a FIR. However, trouble is not yet over for the champion boxer and his family.
Bhiwani Superintendent of Police, Ashwin told HT that subsequently a complaint in this regard has been filed in a local court against Vijender’s father Mahipal Singh and the printer of reception invitation cards.
Ashwin said that the police had conducted an inquiry and also took legal opinion on the matter. “It was found to be a non-cognizable offence.
Hence, the matter has been referred to a court to take judicial action,” the SP said. Complainant Abhishek Kadiyan, media advisor to International Organisation for Animal Protection had earlier made a complaint to Bhiwani police regarding the use of national emblem on wedding reception cards of Vijender. The champion boxer married Delhi girl, Archana at a ceremony in national capital earlier in May.
The wedding reception was held at Vijender’s native village Kaluwas in Bhiwani.. As per the section 3 of the State Emblem of India (prohibition of improper use) Act, no person shall use the emblem or any colourable imitation thereof in any manner which tends to create an impression that it relates to the government or that it is an official document of the Central government, or as the case may be, of the State Government, without the previous permission of the Central government or of such officer of that Government as may be authorized by it in this behalf.
The Act says that any person who contravenes the provisions of section 3 shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine which may extend to Rs 5000 or with both. The state emblem is an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Asoka which is preserved in Sarnath Museum. The Lion Capital has four lions mounted back to back on a circular abacus.
The frieze of the abacus is adorned with sculptures in high relief of an elephant, a galloping horse, a bull and a lion separated by intervening dharma chakras. The abacus rests on a bell-shaped lotus. The motto Satyameva Jayate written in Devanagari script below the profile of the Lion Capital is part of the Emblem.