Delhi court records statement against Bajaj in India map row

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 21:01

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday recorded the
statement of a complainant, who is seeking prosecution of
industrialist and Rajya Sabha MP Rahul Bajaj for the alleged
disfigurement of the India map on a website hosted by his
group`s German insurance partner, Allianz.

"The portrayal of Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal
Pradesh as parts of Pakistan and China respectively on the
website of the company shows the disloyalty towards the
nation," complainant Sanjay Sachdeva testified before
Metropolitan Magistrate Geetanjali Goel.

The act was violative of constitutional provisions
dealing with the territorial integrity of the nation, he said.

The police, in their report, said that the website
belonged to the German company, and the error had already been
rectified.

The court, which may summon Bajaj if convinced about his
alleged role in the offence, has fixed the date for recording
the statements of other complainants on July 1, when the next
hearing happens.

Sachdeva, a member of the Delhi Pradesh National Panthers
Party, had sought the prosecution of Bajaj under Section 124A
(sedition) of the Indian Penal Code on the grounds that
disfigurement of the India map was an "anti-national" act.

Responding to the allegations, Bajaj had earlier said that it was the portal of his company`s insurance venture
partner, Allianz, that had carried the map with the reported
discrepancy.

It was alleged in the complaint 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."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 21:01

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