STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

National anthem case: Order on Tharoor's plea on June 20

Published: 14th June 2013 10:42 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th June 2013 10:42 AM   |  A+A-

The Ernakulam Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate will pronounce its order on the discharge petition by Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on the national anthem case on June 20. Additional Chief Magistrate M Manoj completed the final hearing in the case on Thursday.

In the final hearing of the case, Tharoor’s counsel Suraj Krishna B S and P S Viju submitted that the allegation against the petitioner is for intentional prevention of singing the national anthem under Section 245(1)(2) of CrPC and the charges do not withstand.  The charges on offence under Section 3 of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971, also do not withstand against the petitioner in the case, they said.

As per the complaint, Tharoor had disrespected the national anthem at a function in Kochi on December 16, 2008.

The allegation was that he had asked the audience at the meeting to sing the anthem while placing the right hand on the left side of the chest as Americans do, instead of standing in attention position.

According to counsel, it might be noticed by the court that the complete national anthem was sung by the assembly with full commitment and fervour.

No charge, therefore, for prevention of singing the national anthem will lie on the admitted facts. There are no allegation in the complaint or evidence that there was an intentional disturbance of the assembly engaged in singing the anthem, Tharoor’s counsel said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp