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Warrants against Sushma, Chouhan for `disrespecting` tricolour

Last Updated: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 00:16

Sehore: A local court in Nasrullaganj
in the district on Thursday directed to issue arrest warrants
against Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj, Madhya Pradesh
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and two others for
allegedly disrespecting the national flag.

However, an Additional District Judge (ADJ) Vijay
Malviya`s court granted stay on its execution soon after the
review petition was filed against the lower court order by
lawyers BL Jaat and Rajesh Parashar, who appeared on behalf
of all four of them.

They contended that since none of them were holding the
national flag in their hands and a third person was carrying
it, no case could be made out against the four persons.

The complaint in the lower court was filed against by
Youth Congress` Madhya Pradesh Unit`s former general secretary
Dwarka Prasad Jat.

The direction to issue arrest warrants in this matter was
given by Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Zafar Iqbal

The complainant has alleged that during a programme to
felicitate Swaraj in Nasurllaganj on March 31, 2010, a vehicle
carrying a little girl dressed up as `Bharat Mata` was holding
a "tricolour in an upside down position". The vehicle was
leading the entourage carrying Swaraj and Chouhan among

After hearing the complainant, the judge issued arrest
warrant against Swaraj, Chouhan, then Sehore Collector Sandeep
Yadav and Sehore district BJP chief Rahgunath Singh Bhati
under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to the National
Honour Act.

The court has fixed December 1 as the next date of
hearing in the matter.


First Published: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 00:14

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