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Plea in Bombay High Court over usage of ‘national emblem’ in Satyameva Jayate

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Mumbai: After ‘Parmanu’, another John Abraham starrer, ‘Satyamev Jayate’, finds itself embroiled in legal trouble, allegedly over using the ‘Ashok Stambh’, a national emblem. An advocate has dragged the makers of the film and also the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) to the Bombay High Court, seeking several directives against them for using the national emblem for “business purposes.” Advocate Ramakant Patil, 30, has filed the petition after watching the film, which was released on August 15.

In his plea, Patil has said, “In the film’s trailer, the emblem of the nation is used on several occasions. The emblem is shown to be up in flames and also it is tampered with disrespectful manner. The filmmakers have not only used the emblem but also used the name Satyamev Jayate for the promotion of the film.”

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Citing legal provisions, the plea states, “The national emblem (Ashok Stambh) cannot be used for any business purpose, for making money, for the trade or the personal use. It also cannot be insulted with tampering in any manner. They are protected under the Emblems And Names (Prevention Of Improper Use) Act, 1950 and also the State Emblem Of India (Prohibition Of Improper Use) Act, 2005.” Patil has further informed through his petition that at least 15 days before the release of the film, he had made a written complaint to the CBFC, the Commissioner of Police (Mumbai) and other concerned authorities, seeking legal action against the makers of the film.


“However, there has been no action against the filmmakers yet, thus, I am compelled to move this court,” Patil has said. He has also sought cancellation of the certificate granted by the CBFC.