Team Anna didn’t insult Tricolour: Police to court
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 05, 2012, 18:29
  
New Delhi: Anna Hazare and his team, accused of insulting the national flag during their anti-graft protest last August, were on Thursday given clean chit by the police which told a Delhi court that there "may be instances of inadvertent disrespect" but "no gross affront to the flag".

"No disrespect to the dignity and hounour of the flag has been shown or committed by the said persons," the police told the court in its status report on its probe into the complaint against Hazare and his team mates.

"There may be instance of inadvertent and unintentional disrespect towards the displaying of the flag by the persons but certainly, deliberate and intentional disrespect towards the national flag by the alleged persons is not established on the part of the alleged persons from the content of the complaint," the police told Metropolitan Magistrate Anil Kumar in its status report.

The report by Kamala Market police station house officer, who had been ordered by the court to examine the complaint, said "jubilant display of national flag by a citizen on a particular event is in universal practice. It depicts patriotic feelings of the people, which is paramount rather than any inadvertent disrespect shown to the flag."

"From the content of the complaint, it is clear that the national flag was not being used for any commercial purpose nor was there any gross affront or indignity to the flag by the alleged persons," the report said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 05, 2012, 18:29


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