A man in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district has filed a case against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly insulting the national flag during the International Yoga Day on June 21.
Prakash Kumar, a resident of Pokhraira village in Saraiya police station area, filed the case in the court of chief judicial magistrate in Muzaffarpur. CJM Ram Chandra Prasad transferred the matter to the court of first class judicial magistrate. Lawyer Ratan Kumar, who is representing the petitioner, said the court fixed July 16 for hearing the matter.
Kumar has alleged that Modi insulted the national flag by using the Tricolour as a mere piece of cloth, sitting on it and also using it to wipe his hands and face. He also submitted pictures downloaded from the internet in support of his petition, which said Modi's acts had hurt millions in the country.
Kumar had unsuccessfully contested the Bihar assembly election in 2015 as an independent candidate from Paroo seat in Muzaffarpur district. This is not the first time the Prime Minister has been accused of disrespecting the national flag. In April, another complainant claimed that Modi insulted the national flag more than 20 times on the International Yoga Day last year and during his visit to the United States.
Ashish Sharma, who also sought direction to the police to file an FIR against Modi, claimed that the PM committed an offence under the provisions of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 and has also violated the Flag Code of India.
He alleged that the PM had “disrespected” national flag by using it as a handkerchief at an event at the India Gate on the International Yoga Day. “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,” Sharma said.