PUDUCHERRY: The Odiansalai police has registered a case against Congress functionary Abdul Rehman for insulting the national anthem under Section 3 of The Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
Rehman who is Orleanpet Block Congress President took selfie with Chief minister V Narayanasamy on his mobile phone while the national anthem was being rendered on the occasion of National Anthem Day at Thiruvalluvar Higher secondary School on August 23 . The function was organized as part of the directions of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD ) to States and Central board schools to declare August 9 to 23 as 'Azadi 70: Yaad Karo Kurbani' (Freedom 70 : Remember the sacrifices ) and mass singing of the National Anthem at 11 am on August 23.
The video of the event was widely circulated in Whatsaap which drew wide spread criticism and demand to initiate action against .Rehman who “disrespected” the national anthem.
Meanwhile, Rehman tendered an open apology stating that selfie was taken out of his excitement and not intended to pay disrespect to the national anthem and circulated it on Whatasaap. However,on the basis of a complaint lodged by a social activist of Nellithoppe Sundar ,police today registered a case against Rehman.
Since,the case was under non-bailable sections,Abdul Rehman is absconding and police are on the look out for him.
The section 3 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act says that whoever intentionally prevents the singing of National Anthem or causes any disturbance in such singing shall be punished with imprisonment (max 3 years) or a fine or both.