States, UTs to deal with complaints on National Flag: Govt to HC
New Delhi: Insult to the National Flag and Emblem by anyone is to be dealt with by the concerned state or Union Territory where the violation has occurred, the Centre has informed the Delhi High Court.
This was conveyed by the government in response to a petition seeking directions to ensure proper display of the flag and emblem at all occasions and places.
The submission was made by the Ministry of Home Affairs in its affidavit placed before a bench of Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justice Manmohan which has sought the response of the petitioner by February 12.
"It is submitted that when a complaint regarding improper display or insult/disrespect to Indian National Flag and improper depiction/misuse of State Emblem is brought to notice of MHA, concerned state/UT where said violation has taken place is asked to take necessary action as per the (relevant) Act and Rules. Any further action is required to be taken by the concerned state/UT.
"It is submitted that complaint, if any, regarding insult/ disrespect to the Indian National Flag by any individual/ organisation may be made at the nearest police station. The police authorities who are charged with the enforcement of law and order within their respective territorial jurisdiction are responsible for taking action under the law for violation of provisions contained in the said Act," the MHA affidavit said.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by social activist and film maker Ulhas P R saying misrepresentation of the National Flag by the government departments on different occasions has been reported in newspapers and despite online complaints against them, no action has been taken.
The petitioner had claimed that despite complaints to various ministries, including MHA, nothing has been done.
MHA, however, in its response has said, "The onus for actual implementation and enforcement of the various provisions of the Act regulating the use/display/hoisting of the National Flag lies with the authorities under whose territorial jurisdiction any such act of omission takes place."
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Will implement 'One Rank, One Pension' without fail: PM Modi
- Delhi: Shakuntala Gamlin writes to LG against AAP minister
- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stands in a queue at Pune wedding!
- Jharkhand's Health Minister slaps political rival in public
- One Rank, One Pension: What is complicating its implementation? Part-2
- President Pranab Mukherjee gives nod to re-promulgation of Land Acquisition Ordinance
- PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' 8th edition: As it happened
- Check CHSE orrisharesults.nic.in, chseodisha.nic.in for Class 12 (Plus Two) Result 2015
- IMD predicts thundershowers in Delhi, Punjab and UP between June 1-3
- Will ask SC if India can pursue Captain Saurabh Kalia case against Pakistan in ICJ: Sushma Swaraj