Delhi HC dismisses plea seeking national anthem status for 'Vande Mataram'

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said it finds no reason to entertain this petition while exercising its powers under Article 226 of the Constitution.

Published: 26th July 2019 12:02 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2019 01:34 PM   |  A+A-

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking a direction to the Centre to declare 'Vande Mataram' on par with the national anthem 'Jana Gana Mana'.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said it finds no reason to entertain the petition while exercising its powers under Article 226 of the Constitution.

"We see no reason to give direction to the respondent (Centre) to declare Vande Mataram as the national anthem," the bench said.

The plea, filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, wanted 'Vande Mataram', written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, be given the same respect as the national anthem, 'Jana Gana Mana' penned by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

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