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National anthem case court order challenged

February 06, 2005 01:06 IST

A revision petition was filed in the district and sessions court in Indore on Saturday challenging a local court order that said not standing at attention during national anthem cannot be considered as an 'obstruction'.

A lower court, while dismissing a petition against Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi for being seated at the time of the playing of the national anthem, had ruled on Friday that not rising for the national anthem was not a crime. 

The counsel for the Tiranga Abhiyan, a non-governmental organisation, said it would be a 'serious legal mistake' to consider a person sitting during the national anthem as not an obstruction.

Shailendra Dwivedi also said that in the Prevention of Insults to the National Honour Act of 1971, it had been stated that any obstruction during rendition of the national anthem was a 'disrespect' to the national anthem.

The Act has not described the 'reasons for obstructions and in that scenario the ruling of the lower court is a serious legal mistake', Dwivedi said in his petition.

If a person is sitting and reading when others are standing in an attention position during the national anthem, and if it is not considered an obstruction, then other activities, too, like lying down, sleeping and eating, will not be treated as obstruction, he said.

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Sub: Verdict on National Anthem

WOW!!!! What a verdict by Indore court. That too for Laloo Yadav and Rabdi Devi??? What is the court trying to say in its verdict? ...

Posted by chandrashekar

Sub: the whole point of the respect for anthem is lost.

why should children be trained to standup for the anthem. why are patriotic songs being enacted. why is a puppet chief minister & a cabinet ...

Posted by rayker

Sub: Respect for India

Why can't we give respect for a couple of minutes? We need to show and give respect to National Anthem. How do we show the ...

Posted by Sriram

Sub: rising during national anthem

I share the views of Mr. Dwivedi. Sitting during national anthem should be viewed as obstruction. Having respect for the anthem and showing the respect, ...

Posted by p gupta

Sub: National Anthem and its disrespect!

What has happened so far is really a disrespect especially if it had been committed by a person or persons holding constitutional responsibilities. It is ...

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