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Map row; case law filed to justify charges against Rahul Bajaj

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 23:00

New Delhi: The relevant case laws were filed on Tuesday in the Delhi High Court in support of a plea seeking prosecution of industrialist and Rajya Sabha MP Rahul Bajaj
for allegedly posting a disfigured map of India on the website of his insurance partner, Allianz.

"The list of documents, including the relevant case laws, has been filed. They be taken on record. Now, put up for further hearing and order on October 25," Metropolitan
Magistrate Navita Kumari Bagha said.

One of the complainants, Sanjay Sachdeva, in pursuance of the earlier order, filed various judgements of superior courts in support their claim saying "the industrialist can be prosecuted for sedition and other offences under the IPC, the IT Act and the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act."
The magistrate, who has recently taken over the charge, said she needed more time to go through the case file. Earlier, the predecessor judge had asked complainants to supplement their allegations with relevant case laws.

The complaint seeks to summon and prosecute Bajaj because the website of his insurance joint venture company, Germany`s Allianz, allegedly carried a India map with Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh in Pakistan and China respectively.

"The "disfigured" map was in contravention of India`s territory as defined in the Constitution," Sachdeva said. Bajaj has an insurance business JV with Allianz. The court, earlier recorded statements of Sachdeva and other complainants Harsh Malhotra and Sonu Rangi to ascertain the veracity of the allegations.

Sachdeva, a member of the Delhi Pradesh National Panthers Party, has sought prosecution of Bajaj for sedition charges 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
partner, Allianz. The complaint, on the other hand, alleged that "in the website ( he intentionally... depicted the state of Jammu and Kashmir as a part of Pakistan and Arunachal Pradesh as a part of China."


First Published: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 23:00

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