Delhi Court takes cognisance of complaint against PM for allegedly

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Delhi Court takes cognisance of complaint against PM for allegedly 'insulting' national flag

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A complaint was filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly "insulting" the national flag last year on international yoga day and during his visit to the United States. The complaint was taken cognisance of by a Delhi court on 6 April.

"I take cognisance of the complaint. Fix the matter for May 9," Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria said while ordering recording of pre-summoning evidence on that day.

The complainant Ashish Sharma, who has sought direction to the police to file an FIR against Modi, has claimed that he had committed an offence under the provisions of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 and has also violated the Flag Code of India.

He claimed that Modi had insulted the national flag not once but several times. He alleged that the PM had "disrespected" national flag at the event of Yoga Day at the India Gate on the international yoga day by using it as a handkerchief.

"He (Modi) was again careless at the time of handing over the national flag to Barack Obama, President, USA, when he signed over the national flag which is against National Flag Code, 2002," the complaint said.

--PTI

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