Delhi court takes ‘cognisance’ of complaint against PM for ‘insulting’ national flag


A Delhi court on Wednesday cognisance of a complaint filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly “insulting” the national flag during the international yoga day celebration last year and his visit to United States.

While ordering recording of pre-summoning evidence in May, Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria said, “I take cognisance of the complaint. Fix the matter for May 9.”

The petitioner, as reported by PTI, Ashish Sharma had sought direction to the police to file an FIR against Modi.

According to the petitioner, the prime minister had committed an offence under the provisions of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 while also violating the Flag Code of India.

Sharma also alleged that Modi had insulted the national flag several times. adding that PM had “disrespected” national flag at the event of Yoga Day at the India Gate on the international yoga day by using it as a handkerchief.

The complaint said,”He (Modi) was again careless at the time of handing over the national flag to Barack Obama, President, USA, when he signed over the national flag which is against National Flag Code, 2002.”