Court takes cognisance of complaint against PM for ‘insulting’ Tricolour

PTI | By, New Delhi
Apr 07, 2016 12:23 AM IST

The complainant Ashish Sharma has sought direction to the police to file an FIR against Modi.

A Delhi court on Wednesday took cognisance of a complaint against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly “insulting” the national flag last year on the international yoga day and during his visit to the United States.

“I take cognisance of the complaint. Fix the matter for May 9,” metropolitan magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria said while ordering recording of pre-summoning evidence on that day.

The complainant Ashish Sharma, who has sought direction to the police to file an FIR against Modi, has claimed that he had committed an offence under the provisions of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 and has also violated the Flag Code of India.

He claimed that Modi had insulted the national flag not once but several times. He alleged that the PM had “disrespected” national flag by using it as a handkerchief at an event at the India Gate on the international yoga day.

“He (Modi) was again careless at the time of handing over the national flag to Barack Obama, President, USA, when he signed over the national flag which is against National Flag Code, 2002,” the complaint said.

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