Chandigarh-based NGO accuses Aamir Khan of cheating over improper use of national emblem

NEW DELHI: A Chandigarh resident has sought registration of a first information report (FIR) against Bollywood star Aamir Khan for alleged cheating. In a complaint filed with the Chandigarh police this week, Harman S Sidhu, who runs a non-governmental organisation, alleged that Khan made improper use of the national emblem in his TV serial Satyamev Jayate and minted money through donations by fooling the viewers.

Sidhu also demanded registration of FIR against the director of the serial and Delhi-based NGO Save LIFE Foundation. He is president of Arrive Safe Society, Chandigarh, an NGO which works on developing road safety programmes to increase knowledge, awareness and skills among road users.

In the complaint against Khan, his production house and Star India, Sidhu alleged that Khan and other respondents made improper use of national emblem “for private commercial gains,” which is illegal. Sidhu alleged offences punishable under Emblems & Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1950 and The State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005. “Both the Acts require a prior permission of the central government by the user of the national emblem. However same has not been done in this case, and millions of people have been duped and millions of rupees have poured in because of this misrepresentation,” he said in his complaint.

To buttress his claims, Sidhu referred to a particular episode of the series in which Khan highlighted how a majority of road accidents cannot be dismissed as accidents and should be termed murders. The episode mentioned SaveLIFE Foundation, which claims to have trained over 7,000 police personnel in Delhi, Maharashtra and UP. The episode referred to an accident where four foreign tourists were supposedly saved from the accident spot. However, Sidhu said in his complaint that information receive under the RTI from the deputy commissioner of police of Delhi’s south east district revealed that training is imparted to police officials by “experts” and not by any NGO.

Piyush Tewari, Founder and CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation termed the allegations levelled by Sidhu as “completely baseless”. He said “Our police training program is much documented initiative and has won several national and international recognitions over the past seven years including from Delhi Police and the elite NSG Commandos”. He added the RTI application was filed by the complainant before a DCP “who is not the competent authority for training in Delhi Police. The RTI should have been filed with Police Commissioner’s office or with Special Commissioner, Law & Order”

Source: Economic Times


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