As the frenzy over the country’s victory in the recently concluded Twenty20 world cricket championship is cooling down, the Indian players may be in for trouble as a local lawyer has filed a complaint in a local court accusing them of showing disrespect and contempt to the Indian flag after winning the final match with Pakistan.
Advocate Arvind Sharda who filed the criminal complaint in a Jalandhar court has listed BCCI president Sharad Pawar and vice president Rajiv Shukla as well as ESPN STAR Sports commentator Ravi Shastri as witnesses. In his complaint filed under the Flag Code of India read with the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 – as amended up to date – Sharda has alleged when the Indian team won the tournament on September 24 in Johannesburg, South Africa, the accused (players) in their expression of victorious mood, which continued for about an hour, showed all sorts of disrespect to the Indian tricolour.
He has mentioned team captain MS Dhoni along with 14 other members of the Indian squad as respondents/accused. Enumerating some of the instances, Shards has alleged that the disrespect included putting the Indian flag around the neck and back, pouring champagne on it, allowing it to fall on the ground from one’s hand and carrying it upside down.
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