Mumbai: Observing that the Supreme Court had
held that the word `Sindh` is correctly used in the national
anthem, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to
clarify about its correct usage.
A division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and R G Ketkar
was hearing a PIL challenging the use of `Sindh` in the
national anthem and seeking its replacement with `Sindhu`.
According to the PIL filed by retired professor
Shreekanth Malushte, the word `Sindh` was replaced with
`Sindhu` in January 1950 by the government of India.
Malushte`s counsel Niranjan Mogre pointed out to the high
court that as per the information received by them from the
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under the RTI, the correct
version of the anthem includes the word `Sindhu`.
"MHA claims it is Sindhu but Supreme Court in its
judgement (five years ago) has quoted the national anthem and
has used the word Sindh. As of now we are going as per the
apex court`s decision. Maybe MHA has made some mistake in its
RTI reply," Justice Desai remarked.
Directing the Central government to look into the Supreme
Court verdict before filing its reply, Justice Desai said,
"You (government) better be careful. It`s a matter of our
According to the PIL, when the anthem was composed in
1917 by Rabindranath Tagore, "Sindh" was part of India but now
it is in Pakistan.
However, "the national anthem continues to be sung and
broadcast in a wrong manner by using incorrect words," it