Court reserves order on complaint against Bajaj in map row
A Delhi court today reserved its order on a complaint seeking prosecution of industrialist and Rajya Sabha MP Rahul Bajaj for the posting of an allegedly disfigured India map by his insurance partner Allianz on its website.
New Delhi: A Delhi court today reserved
its order on a complaint seeking prosecution of industrialist
and Rajya Sabha MP Rahul Bajaj for the posting of an allegedly
disfigured India map by his insurance partner Allianz on its
"Put up the matter for order on August 12, next date
of hearing," Metropolitan Magistrate Geetanjali Goel said.
The complaint s eeks to summon and prosecute Bajaj because
the German company`s website allegedly carried the Indian map
where Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh were shown as
parts of Pakistan and China respectively.
One of the complainants, Sanjay Sachdeva, earlier told
the court that the "disfigured" map was in contravention of
India`s territory as defined in the Constitution.
Bajaj has an insurance business JV with Allianz.
Citing a Supreme Court judgement to buttress his case,
Sachdeva said Bajaj cannot be absolved of the offence despite
the police report that the map disfigurement was the act of
his German insurance partner, Allianz.
Earlier, the court recorded statements of Sachdeva and
other complaints Harsh Malhotra and Sonu Rangi to ascertain as
to whether a case against Bajaj was made out or not.
Sachdeva, a member of the Delhi Pradesh National
Panthers Party, had sought the prosecution of Bajaj under
Section 124A (sedition) of the IPC on the grounds that the
disfigurement of India map was an "anti-national" act.
Responding to the allegations, Bajaj had earlier told
PTI that the portal, which depicted the map with the reported
discrepancy, belonged to his company`s insurance venture
The complaint, on the other hand, alleged that "in the
website (allianz.com)... he intentionally... depicted the
state of Jammu and Kashmir as a part of Pakistan and Arunachal
Pradesh as a part of China."