Bombay High Court has dismissed a PIL that asked for taking action against the makers of Aamir Khan‘s show ‘Satyamev Jayate‘ for using a part of the sign. The court observed that the show did not carry out any violations neither the whole sign was used.
Satyamev Jayate, a show on social issues hosted by Aamir Khan, aired on Star TV between 2012-2014. The petitioner however contended that the show makers had used part of the sign which is the two words”Satyamev Jayate“.
Bombay High Court today dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Manoranjan Roy which had asked for action against the makers of TV show Satyamev Jayate for using a part of the sign.
The petitioner also claimed that even the usage of Satyamev Jayate by state could not be allowed without the permission from union government as it was part of the emblem. Justice Oka noted, “It is not imitation of the Ashok Chakra at all. The respondents had not used the official seal, name or emblem of the Government of India,” and with this he dismissed the petition.
Referring to the 1950 act, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh explained to Justice Abhay Oka that the “usage of Ashok Chakra or Dharm Chakra is specifically prohibited in the act, while the usage of words ‘Satyamev Jayate‘ is not specifically prohibited.”
The sign has neither been imitated nor used in its entirety, Additional Solicitor general Anil Singh (Ministry of Home Affairs and Minister of Broadcasting) further clarified that the show uses only the motto ‘Satyamev Jayate‘ and not the sign as a whole.
A division bench of justices A S Oka and A A Sayyed said on Tuesday, “Under the State Emblem of India (Prohibition and Improper Use) Act and State Emblem of India (Regulation of Use) Rules, prohibition is only for the use of the Emblem as a whole and not the motto ‘Satyamev Jayate‘ separately.”
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