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HC directive in Tharoor case

Posted on Jan 04, 10:52PM | UNI

The Kerala High Court today directed the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court here to defer for two weeks the framing of charges against Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor in the case of disrespecting National Anthem.

Justice V K Mohanan directed the magistrate to file a report indicating whether the petitioner had filed an application for discharge in the case.

The framing of charges against Mr Tharoor was slated for tomorrow at the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Court at Ernakulam.

Mr Tharoor had approached the High Court to quash the case pending against him in the lower court.

The case relates to the singing of the National Anthem at a commemorative lecture held in Kochi in December 2008, in which Mr Tharoor was the Chief Guest.

Mr Tharoor allegedly interrupted the singing of the National Anthem and asked the audience to place their palm on their heart and then sing the National Anthem.

The complainant, Joy Kaitharath, alleged that disruption of the singing amounted to showing "disrespect" to the National Anthem.