Madhya Pradesh HC admits petition against Sachin Tendulkar’s Bharat Ratna

Naswah accused Sachin of exploiting the "fame" of Bharat Ratna to promote commercial products and earn money.

By: Press Trust of India | Jabalpur | Updated: June 21, 2015 10:24 am
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The Madhya Pradesh High Court has admitted a petition seeking stripping of the Bharat Ratna awarded to cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar for allegedly using the “fame” of the honour in “earning money by endorsing commercial products”.

A high court bench comprising Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice K K Trivedi on Thursday issued a directive to Assistant Solicitor General to find out if there are any Supreme Court guidelines (do’s and dont’s) for Bharat Ratna awardees and get back to it in a week’s time.

The petitioner V K Naswah, a resident of Bhopal, stated that Sachin is a popular figure as has accomplished many a world record in the game of cricket for the country.

Naswah accused Sachin of exploiting the “fame” of the highest civilian award to promote commercial products and earn money which he said was against the dignity, legacy, and tenets of the highest civilian award.

Naswah said that Sachin should return the award on moral ground and if he fails to do so the central government should strip him of the honour.

Sachin recommends more than 12 brands including Aviva Life Insurance, Boost (malt-based nutrition drink), MRF, Luminous and realtor Amit Enterprises.

He retired from all forms of cricket last November.

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  1. A
    Jun 19, 2015 at 7:02 pm
    Must b some mad guy
    1. Arupkumar Das
      Jun 20, 2015 at 2:03 pm
      Earning money using Bharat Ratna le is totally wrong and demeaning. The Govt should strip him of the award.
      1. C
        Jun 19, 2015 at 10:20 pm
        He is a great and famous cricketer. That all. He does not deserved Bharat Ratna award as he is commercial person. Other selfless service providers must have been considered. By bestowing bharat ratn award on him the prestige of the award has been lowered.
        1. C
          Jun 20, 2015 at 6:30 am
          Prince Rahul wished it and Sachin had. What a pity? to give some impetus to this decision hurridly Prof.CNR Rao too conferred this award. He too had controversial career from plagiarism to nepotism besides his science. Cricket is a profession like anyother like Engineer, Doctor and Manager, whereas, it has glamour and money.
          1. D
            Jun 20, 2015 at 4:27 pm
            Crazy cheap person, too young for Bharat Ratna, hungry for money even after having Millions Dollars, not matured enough, better take his BR back, which he never ever deserved.
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