The Bombay Excessive Court docket right this moment refused to grant any reduction to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a criticism searching for motion in opposition to her for allegedly disrespecting the nationwide anthem at an occasion right here in 2022.
A single bench of Justice Amit Borkar dismissed the appliance filed by Mamata Banerjee difficult a classes court docket’s order of January 2023 remitting the matter again to the Justice of the Peace’s court docket for inquiry and on the difficulty of issuance of summons.
Ms Banerjee in her software mentioned the classes court docket, as an alternative of quashing the summons and remitting the matter, should have quashed your complete criticism.
Justice Borkar, nevertheless, famous there was illegality within the classes court docket’s order and therefore the HC needn’t intervene.
A Justice of the Peace’s court docket in March 2022 issued a summons to Mamata Banerjee on the criticism filed by activist Vivekanand Gupta alleging that in a public perform at Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium at Cuffe Parade in Mumbai, Mamata Banerjee had began singing the Nationwide Anthem within the sitting place, and later standing up and singing two verses earlier than abruptly stopping and leaving the venue.
The West Bengal Chief Minister had challenged the summons earlier than the particular court docket.
In January 2023, Particular Decide RN Rokade put aside the summons issued by the Justice of the Peace on procedural grounds and requested the Justice of the Peace to contemplate the criticism afresh.
In her software within the excessive court docket, Ms Banerjee challenged this order claiming that the summons should have been quashed as an alternative of directing the Justice of the Peace to contemplate the identical afresh.
Mr Gupta in his criticism claimed that Mamata Banerjee’s acts amounted to an insult and disrespect to the nationwide anthem, and therefore they’re an offence below the Prevention of Insults to Nationwide Honour Act of 1971.
He had lodged a criticism within the Cuffe Parade police station however moved the court docket of the metropolitan Justice of the Peace after the police didn’t take any motion.
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