HYDERABAD: In a relief to film producer Allu Aravind, the High Court on Thursday set aside the criminal case registered against him at the Jubilee Hills police station in the city for hoisting the national flag upside down on August 15, 2010, an offence under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971.
Justice B Siva Sankara Rao allowed Aravind’s petition seeking quashing of the criminal case registered against him on a private complaint filed before XVII Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Nampally, in the city. Murali Deshpande of All India Forward Block filed the complaint.
Aravind submitted to the court that he had no intention of showing disrespect to the national flag. In fact, the error of hoisting it upside down was purely unintentional and a human error, and the mistake was corrected immediately. Taking these submissions into consideration, the judge quashed the case.