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Criminal case against Mandira Bedi, Set Max

The placing of the print of the Indian tricolour on the sari was against the constitutional norm, the petitioner Dilip Dutta said.

kolkata Updated: May 02, 2007 22:24 IST

A criminal case under The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, was filed in a local court against private TV channel Set Max and TV anchor Mandira Bedi for wearing a sari with the Indian flag printed on it at a show aired by the channel.

The placing of the print of the Indian tricolour on the sari was against the constitutional norm, the petitioner Dilip Dutta said.

Bedi, who hosted a show on the final match of the World Cup cricket on Set Max channel on April 28, had appeared in a sari featuring the national flags of all the 16 participating countries with the tricolour at the bottom.

Alipur subdivisional judicial magistrate's court, where the petition was filed, has fixed May 3 as the next date of hearing of the case.

On April 29, a case was filed in Jaipur against Bedi and the designer Puneet Nanda under the same act for showing the tricolour as a show piece.

Under the act, using the flag as a costume or uniform of any description or embroidering or printing it on cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins or any dress material are prohibited.

Bedi had apologised for her 'inadvertent' mistake during the programme with co-anchor Charu Sharma and cricketers Tony Greig and Ian Chappell.