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Row in Chhattisgarh over National Flag flying beyond sunset

Written by: Staff

Raipur, Oct 27 (UNI) A controversy has sparked in Chhattisgarh with the police booking a case against Jindal Power Limited (JPL) on the charges of keeping the National flag up after sunset and the company maintaining that lowering the flag at sunset was not mandatory in the case of private bodies and general public.

A case was registered against Jindal Power Limited (JPL) at the Tamnar police station in Raigarh district, alleging that the National flag, remained flying till 1915 hours even after sunset--- on October 18 at the site where a 1000 MW power plant is being set up.

Jindal Steel and Power Limited's Executive Vice-president and Managing Director Naveen Jindal, who is also a Congress Member of Parliament, has urged the state police to withdraw the case and tender an apology for booking a 'frivolous' case, pointing out that in the Flag code of India, flying of National flag by the members of general public and private bodies and organisations after sunset has neither been categorised under 'misuse' nor under 'incorrect' display.

Quoting a letter from the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding correct interpretation of National Flag Code of India 2002, he pointed out that as per its provisions there shall be no restriction on display of the National Flag by the members of general public, private organisations, educational institutions, except to the extent provided in the Emblems and Names (Prevention of improper use) Act 1960.

The letter said while it is incumbent on the official, government bodies, institutions to fly the National flag from sunrise to sunset only, for the members of general public, it has been provided that the flag may be flown by them as far as possible from sunrise to sunset. '' In other words, the lowering of flag at sunset is not mandatory in the case of private bodies and general public'', the letter added.

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