A district court in Uttar Pradesh has issued a notice to the Prime Minister’s Office about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Indian Army uniform that he wore during his visit to Kashmir last year.
The statement was made after a petition was submitted in Prayagraj in which it was said that donning clothing or carrying a symbol used by a soldier, sailor, or airman is a crime punishable under Section 140 of the Indian Penal Code.
According to Dainik Bhaskar, district judge Nalin Kumar Srivastava issued the notice after hearing arguments from counsel Rakesh Nath Pandey, who filed the case under section 156(3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (which empowers Magistrate to order investigation into a cognizable offence).
Pandey originally submitted the motion in December of last year, but it was denied by chief judicial magistrate Harendra Nath, who stated that the event occurred outside of the court’s jurisdiction and that the issue could be heard by a magistrate with jurisdiction.
Pandey contested the decision in front of a district judge, who has now served notice on the PMO.