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Delhi High Court disposes of plea seeking placing of the national flag, the statue of justice, national emblem in Delhi courtrooms

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New Delhi Aug 11(ILNS): The Delhi High Court, today, disposed of plea praying for placing the National Flag, the Statue of Justice, as also the National Emblem in the Delhi Courts. 

The matter was listed before the Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh. 

Shrikant Prasad, the petitioner-in-person, submitted that a statue of a mother and a child holding a book depicting a sign of balance can be seen on the premises of the Supreme Court, but the size of the same is so small that it is not visible from an ordinary person’s view.

The Bench was not inclined and asked him if he seeks to withdraw the petition. Accordingly, he withdrew the petition ‘unconditionally’.

The plea was filed as public interest litigation by Rajkishore Prasad Kushwaha, a practicing lawyer, along with Shrikant Prasad, a final-year law student. 

The plea prayed for placing the National Flag, the Statue of Justice, and the National Emblem inside the courtrooms and at the entrance of all courts within the national capital. The plea claims that this would develop a feeling of patriotism and nationalism in the minds of the stakeholders of the courtrooms; and also in the minds of offenders, which may change their criminal behavior and turn them into law-abiding citizens. 

The plea stated that the National Flag fosters national spirit and is a symbol of national unity and harmony. The Statue of Justice symbolizes fair and equal administration of the law, without corruption, favor, greed, or prejudice; whereas the National Emblem symbolizes power, courage, and confidence.

It further stated that major developed nations, including the USA and the U.K., have placed the flags of their nations and their national symbols in their courtrooms. If Indian courtrooms will also take this step, it would awaken the people’s minds and generate positive energy in the court, the plea claims.

Relying on the ‘Social Disorganization Theory’, which links crime rates to neighborhood ecological characteristics and stated that a person’s residential location is a substantial factor in determining the likelihood of him being involved in criminal activities, the plea alleged that lack of nationalism and patriotism plays a major role in facilitating the commission of a crime.

The plea reads thus: “It is necessary to place the Statue of Justice and National Flag right in front of the main gate of each court because all these actions will increase people’s reverence for justice and reduce crimes when the nationalism and patriotism will be visible./ILNS/BG/KR/SNG

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