Jamaican ‘Tiranga’ cake comes to haunt MP Tendulkar

Madras High Court issues notice to the cricketer, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

Jamaican ‘Tiranga’ cake comes to haunt MP Tendulkar

Chennai : A ‘Tiranga’ cake which cricketer Sachin Tendulkar had cut at a party thrown by a Non-Resident Indian at Jamaica in 2011 has come to haunt him with an advocate belatedly challenging his nomination as Member of the Rajya Sabha.

The Madras High Court Bench in Madurai has issued notices to Tendulkar and the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman asking them to file counter affidavits to a petition questioning his nomination to the upper house.
In his petition, an advocate, submitted that soon after the cake-cutting incident, he had lodged a police complaint seeking criminal action against the cricketer for dishonouring the Indian Flag under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act and Insults to National Honour Act for cutting a cake that resembled the tricolour (saffron, white and green). When the police did not register the case, he had moved the High Court which directed the Melur Magistrate to initiate criminal proceedings against the cricketer.
The advocate claimed that the judicial proceedings were still pending before the Magistrate. In this backdrop nominating him as Rajya Sabha MP was not permissible, he contended. He wondered how the Union Home Ministry had lost sight of the criminal complaint while giving a clean chit to Tendulkar before the President nominated him.
The court, while hearing the plea, issued notices to Tendulkar and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman and others directing them to file their replies within four weeks and adjourned the matter.

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