Rifle association under fire for logo

Sep 14, 2011, 06:53 IST | Shashank Shekhar

Police complaint lodged, alleging disrespect of national emblem

Police complaint lodged, alleging disrespect of national emblem

A Delhi resident has filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Police, Delhi for violation of the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act 2005 and the State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rules 2007 by the Delhi State Rifle Association.

Something missing?  A webgrab of the logo in question.

Naresh Kadyan, who also complained against boxer Vijender earlier, who had printed the national emblem on his wedding card, has now taken on the rifle association. "If any government body is using the emblem they should do it with due respect. I have filed a complaint with the commissioner of police and National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and have also requested them to issue advisories," said Kadyan.

But past incidents show that no serious prosecution is usually carried out. "We also informed police about selling of plastic national flag on the streets of Delhi recently. Around 30,000 flags were seized but no strict action was taken. Even in case of Vijender Singh, he was not booked for misusing the national emblem. It is our country and we should give proper respect to the nation," opined Kadyan.

The Other side
The Delhi state rifle association (DSRA) clarifies that they have got this logo registered much earlier and it has been approved by government. "This is not a new logo. When the association was formed, the logo was sent for registration and has been accepted by the government. We have been using it for long. I am not sure how it is a misuse of national emblem now," said a senior official from DSRA.

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