Police seeks legal opinion on complaint against team Anna

In its status report to Metropolitan Magistrate Tyagita Singh, police said it has examined the complaint lodged against Team Anna and has sent the same to its prosecution branch for its legal opinion.

The complaint had been filed by city advocate Ravinder Kumar accusing Tema Anna of insulting the flag by using it to decorate a truck, which ferried them from Tihar Jail to their sit-in site at Ram Lila ground, allegedly in violation of statutory provisions.

Maintaining that the statutory provisions allow only constitutional authorities to hoist a flag on their official vehicles, Kumar said during anti-graft demonstration, "torn Indian flags were waived and flaunted upside down and even sat upon and used for wiping sweat" by Hazare's supporters.

Kumar had also annexed his complaint with various picture, which he said, showed Kiran Bedi, a key member of Team Anna, waving a torn tri-colour and other protesters demeaning the national flag by manhandling it and even painting it on their bodies.

In its status report, the police said it has sent Kumar's complaint to its prosecution branch for its legal opinion and the requisite action would be taken as per its directions.
The court has asked the police to submit the legal opinion on December 12.

The court had issued notice to Kamla Market SHO on Kumar's complaint, seeking registration of an FIR against Hazare, Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and six others for allegedly disrespecting the Indian flag during their protests.

Thousands of activists of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from Thane district today held a protest demonstration in front of the Party headquarters here condemning Anna Hazare for his statement.
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The agitators led by MLA and Thane chief of the Party Jitendra Awhad shouted slogans condemning Hazare and burnt his effigies.
The Naupada police picked up more than two dozen agitators in connection with the incident,the police said.

"Hazare was talking nonsense and has realised that he was loosing support and making all kinds of unwanted and provocative statements which needs to be condemned," NCP leader Awhad said.

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