The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday rejected a petition filed by former IPL chief Lalit Modi, requesting quashing of an FIR lodged against him for allegedly insulting the national flag during the India-Pakistan match of IPL season 1 held at SMS Stadium in Jaipur on November 18, 2007.
The police will investigate the matter now. Earlier, the HC had stayed the investigation in the matter. Justice MN Bhandari observed on Thursday that it was a clear cut case of investigation and vacated the stay earlier given in this case. The FIR was lodged in 2007 on a complainant lodged by president of Nagrik Morcha Kamlesh Sharma.
The police had submitted the final report in the matter in 2008 and in 2009 the court had given order for further investigation.
The order was challenged in the high court after which the court stayed the investigation against Modi. The PIL stated that Modi along with Subhash Joshi, Vimal Soni and other VIP guests were served wine in the VIP lounge of the stadium where the national flag was allegedly used as a table cover.
The issue took a violent turn when the local unit of Nagrik Morcha staged a protest against Modi. The court had sent the complaint for investigation to the Jyoti Nagar police station and an FIR was lodged on November 28, 2007.
Later, the police filed a final report stating that no case was made out. However, additional chief judicial magistrate No 4 of Jaipur city, Jagmohan Aggarwal had in September 2009 ordered that the case should be reopened following an application by Sharma alleging that the local police filed the final report without any investigation and on the basis of a reply letter written by Modi to the police.