Bharat Ratna row: Case filed against Prime Minister and Sachin Tendulkar

Published: Nov 19, 2013, 17:34 IST | PTI |

In a bizarre turn of events in the ongoing controversy over Sachin Tendulkar being selected for the Bharat Ratna, a lawyer has filed a case against the iconic cricketer and the PM. Home Minister and Sports Minister have also been named in the case, which will be heard on December 10th.

A case was on Tuesday filed in a Muzaffarpur court in Bihar challenging the selection of Sachin Tendulkar for Bharat Ratna and charging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde with hurting people's sentiments.

The iconic cricketer too has been named as an accused in the case filed under Indian Penal Code Sections 420 (offences relating to cheating and dishonesty) 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 417 (punishment for cheating), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 120(B) (punishment of criminal conspiracy).

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. Pic/Bipin Kokate

The case, filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate S P Singh by local lawyer Sudhir Kumar Ojha, says the selection of Sachin Tendulkar for the country's highest civilian honour and not legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand has hurt the sentiments of the people of the country. 

The petitioner has charged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Union Sports Minister Bhanwar Jitendra Singh and secretary to the Union Sports Minsitry with hurting the people's sentiments by deleting Dhyan Chand's name to accomodate Tendulkar's wish for the highest national honours.

The case has been admitted by the CJM, who fixed December 10 as the date of hearing.

The petitioner has made JD(U) MP Shivanand Tiwari a witness in the case. Tiwari had on Monday protested against the selection of Tendulkar on the ground that the star cricketer did not deserve the country's highest civilian award as he had made millions out of playing the game in contrast to Dhayan Chand, who had done the country proud by leading the hockey team to gold medals in successive Olympic Games in the 1920s and 1930s.

The UPA government had announced its decision to confer Bharat Ratna on Tendulkar to honour his contributions to cricket within hours of his bidding adieu to cricket last week.

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