The Delhi High Court on Wednesday, Oct 17 directed the central government to take action within a week against TV channel Colors for using national anthem to promote reality show 'Bigg Boss 6' in cinema halls across the country.
The court's order has come in the wake of allegations levelled by the petitioner that the national anthem is disrespected. In the PIL, it is said that Colors channel is using a commercial to promote Salman Khan hosted show in various cinema halls, wherein it demands all present in the hall to "stand up for the national anthem".
A division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw said: "In the wake of serious allegations levelled by the petitioner that the national anthem is disrespected, we direct the central government to treat this PIL as representation and the grievances be dealt with in accordance with the law."
The court added that "necessary action would be taken by the ministry concerned against the respondents within a week".
The PIL filed by Jeetender Gupta, a lawyer, alleged that Colors has "disrespected" the national anthem by using it to promote the reality show in PVR multiplexes in various parts of the country.
The Colors channel randomly displayed an advertisement inside the movie theatres and the said advertisement was in the form of a visual displaying the logo of its programme 'Bigg Boss 6' followed by an audio demanding all present in the hall to stand up for the national anthem. "'Bigg boss chahte hain ki aap rashtriya gaan ke liye khade hon' (Bigg boss wants you to stand for the national anthem) and then the Indian National Anthem was played," the petition stated.
It further added: "The respondent (TV channel) is trying to associate itself with the national anthem solely for commercial purpose of promoting its latest TV programme."
The plea said: "The acts of TV channel and PVR amount to possible violations of the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act 1971 and the Emblems and Names (prevention of improper use) Act 1950."
Now, it has to be seen what kind of action the central government is going to take against Colors channel?