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SC’s flag notice to EC, Centre

Jamshedpur, Feb. 7: The Supreme Court today issued notices to the Union government and the Election Commission, apart from three political parties which have been accused of “imitating” the Tricolour in violation of The Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950.

Hearing a writ petition (62/2014) filed by state BJP spokesperson Amarpreet Singh Kale, seeking curbs on the use of party flags that use the same colours as the Tricolour, the court argued that the petition was valid.

The division bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Jasti Chelameswar sought explanations from the three parties — Congress, Trinamul and NCP — and the Union government as to why the petition in this regard must not be allowed.

In his plea, the petitioner pointed out that using imitations of the national flag or using it as a backdrop during party meetings and rallies was prohibited under the Section 3 of the act.

Talking to The Telegraph over phone from New Delhi, Kale’s lawyer D.N. Govardhan said, “The division bench has issued notices to the Union government and the Election Commission, which is a party in the case. The political parties in question have been asked to reply within four weeks after which the apex court will hear the case.”

When contacted, Kale, who was in New Delhi for the hearing, said the Congress, Trinamul and NCP were using the same colours as the national lag to confuse people.

“They must do away with it,” Kale said, while appreciating the step taken by the apex court.

He demanded political parties should be prohibited from using imitation of the national flag.

“The Congress has been using a flag that has the three colours in the same order as the Tricolour.”