The Bombay High Court Tuesday dismissed a public interest litigation which had taken objection to the use of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ as the title of a show hosted by actor Aamir Khan stating these words formed part of the Emblem of India and their usage was in violation of certain provisions of the law.
Stating that there was no merit in the petition, a division bench of Justice A S Oka and Justice A A Sayyed said it did not find any violation on the part of show producers and the actor who were respondents to the petition.
“They have not used the main Emblem and there is no use of pictorial representation of Ashok Chakra,” said the court.
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In his petition, activist Manoranjan Roy had stated that the words ‘Satyamev Jayate’ form part of the Emblem of India and hence their usage is violative under the State Emblem of India (Prohibition and Improper Use) Act and State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rules.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for Union of India, had earlier told the court that the words ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is only the motto of the Emblem.
“Use of Emblem as a whole is specifically prohibited under the act. Use of the motto is not prohibited,” Singh said.
The petitioner’s lawyer, however, argued that even the use of the motto attracts violation under the act, and hence should be prohibited.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs in its affidavit filed earlier said the use of the phrase ‘Satyamev Jayate’ was not violative of the act and rules.