Tharoor accused of ‘interrupting’ national anthem,denies

A petition has been moved in a lower court seeking action against former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor for allegedly interrupting the national anthem at a function here last month,a charge denied by him.

Written by Agencies | Kochi | Published:January 18, 2009 2:51 pm

A petition has been moved in a lower court seeking action against former UN Under Secretary General Shashi Tharoor for allegedly interrupting the national anthem at a function here last month,a charge denied by him.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Cherian Kuriakose posted the case to Jan 31 for recording the statement of the petitioner Joy Kaitharath,General Secretary of the State Human Rights Protection Centre,and the witness. The court,however,declined to forward the matter to police.

However,Tharoor refuted the allegation that he had shown disrespect to the national anthem and dubbed as “motivated lies” reports appearing in a section of the media.

The petitioner alleged that Tharoor had “intentionally prevented” the singing of the National Anthem and caused disturbance to the assembly engaged in singing the anthem on Dec 16 at a function at Le Meridian.

The petitioner stated that he did not lodge a complaint with the police since he apprehended that they will not register a case against a “an influential person”.

“The allegation is totally false. There was no interruption of the national anthem. At no point in my life have I ever interrupted the singing of National Anthem or shown disrespect to any national symbol”,Tharoor said in a statement in Thiruvananthapuram.

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