Tricolour insult: T20 champs in legal tangle

The Indian cricket team could be in the dock for allegedly "insulting" the national tricolour.

updated: October 25, 2007 06:49 IST
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They may have earned the sobriquet of conquerors of Twenty20 cricket. However, the Indian cricket team could be in the dock for allegedly insulting the national tricolour.

A petition has been filed before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Kanpur raising serious objections against the alleged disrespect shown by the team members to the national flag.

After admitting the petition, the court fixed October 25 for the hearing.

Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, vice captain Yuvraj Singh and all other team members have been accused of desecrating the national flag during the team's Twenty20 win against Pakistan in South Africa.

According to the petitioner Rahul Pandey, a local lawyer, "Dhoni and several other players not only wrapped themselves in the tricolour, but also rolled on the ground. This was followed by spraying of champagne that fell on the flag." He views the entire act as an insult to the flag.

The petitioner's counsel Vijay Bakshi said, "We have cited sufficient evidence in the form of television, magazine and newspaper clippings."

He went on to add, "What we found even more shocking was the fact that despite showing disrespect to the national flag, these players were felicitated and showered with gifts and monetary awards, when they actually deserved punishment for their act."

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Niranjan Shah, cine star Shah Rukh Khan and commentator Ravi Shastri have been named as witnesses in the plaint, as the euphoric revelling took place in their presence.