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‘Insult’ to Anthem Case | HC stays case proceedings: Shouldn’t be used to target | Kolkata News


Putting an interim stay on proceedings on an FIR against several BJP MLAs over a complaint alleging that they disrespected the national anthem when it was being sung on the West Bengal Assembly premises by the TMC legislators recently, the Calcutta High Court on Thursday said that while the national anthem has to be honoured, it should not be used as a weapon.

BJP MLA Sankar Ghosh and others have moved the High Court for quashing of the FIR filed on the November 28 incident when ruling TMC alleged that the Opposition MLAs shouted slogans and did not stand up while the national anthem was being sung. Both the TMC and BJP legislators were holding dharnas on different issues and were not far from each other on the Assembly premises.

Perusing the video clip of the alleged insult to the anthem submitted by Kolkata Police, Justice Jay Sengupta told government lawyer Kishore Dutta: “Do you expect the playing of the national anthem to stop in any disturbance? It should be judged on the basis of some facts related to the incident. The court has repeatedly kept the two main issues in mind.”

“A party wants to protest against the allegations of SSC corruption. You have played the national anthem since morning. Will they stop then,” he asked the government lawyer.

Stating that protesting BJP MLAs could not be seen in the video, Justice Sengupta observed that it appears that the two gatherings were at some distance from each other and the gathering of the petitioners was behind two big pillars. “Prima facie, it appears that two different groups were demonstrating and exercising their rights regarding two different issues at some distance at the relevant point,” the court added.

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Raising question on police pro-activeness in the case, Justice Sengupta said that while in incidents where a soldier’s physically-challenged mother is burnt to death, but the police fail to register an FIR, here they were active.

Notices were sent by the Kolkata Police to five BJP MLAs over a complaint alleging that they disrespected the national anthem when it was being sung on the West Bengal assembly premises. The notice had been stayed till this day by the court on the first hearing date on December 4.

Stating that the matter needs to be heard at length, Justice Sengupta said that it is also to be decided whether the norms set by and requirements of one gathering would automatically bind those in the other gathering.

Staying proceedings on the FIR till January 17, the court directed that the matter will be heard again on January 10.





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