Uttarakhand BJP MLA uses government logo on wedding invite. His defence: ‘I am part of govt’

"I was marrying off a poor girl as my own daughter. Why can't people see that?" the BJP MLA said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 10, 2018 1:03 pm
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An Uttarakhand MLA has come under scanner for using the state government logo on a wedding card. BJP MLA Suresh Rathor from Haridwar district’s Jwalapur constituency, however, remains defiant even as he admitted using the government logo for a private affair. The legislator on Tuesday said it wasn’t a crime since he is a part of the state government.

The logo is placed on the top left corner of the white-coloured card. It also has the BJP MLA’s name on the bottom-left side of the card. The wedding is scheduled to take place today.

“I am marrying off a poor girl as my own daughter. Why can’t people see that? I’m a part of the govt so I used the logo on the card. It’s not a crime. I have seen several people do that,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. 

The Emblem of Uttarakhand is used on all official correspondence by the state government. The emblem, which is visible on the cover of the wedding card, is diamond in shape with the Indian State Emblem placed inside it. The law mandates that state governments can use the Indian Emblem as a part of the state logo after taking permission from the central government.

According to the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005,  no person can use “the state emblem or any colourable imitation thereof in any manner which tends to create an impression that it relates to the Government or that it is an official document of the Central Government or as the case may be, the State Government, without the previous permission of the Central Government or of such officer of that Government as may be authorised by it in this behalf.”

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  1. Pramodkumar Kulkarni
    Jan 10, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    For BJP MLAs everything is pardonable
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    1. Srinivas Prasad K
      Jan 10, 2018 at 4:12 pm
      Laugh out Loud! No one should take their position as a license to do such excess. It may not be a big mistake but it does expose the frame of mind that the law maker is suffering from. Luckily, this critic might act as a check on his mindset and prompt him to do a course correction.
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      1. Damodar Biswal
        Jan 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm
        Yes, u r doing a good work.But that does not give u the right to misuse the Govt. logo.This is wrong.
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        1. Parth Garg
          Jan 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm
          He might even otherwise using the government machinery in the function. He gave it an official status, that is all.
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          1. Darkk horsee
            Jan 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm
            The logo should also be tattooed on his forehead as he himself said he is part of the govt.
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