The Supreme Court rejected the declaration of the national emblem “fero”.


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition on the new national emblem installed atop the new Parliament building under construction as part of the Central Vista project.

A bench of Justices MR Shah and Krishna Murari held that the emblem lion sculpture installed atop the new Parliament does not violate the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Misuse) Act, 2005 ).

The lawsuit was filed in July by two lawyers, Aldanish Rein and Ramesh Kumar Mishra, who claimed that the lions depicted in the emblem looked “fierce and aggressive” as they had open mouths and visible canines.

According to a report by LiveLaw, Rein stated that there can be no artistic innovation regarding the approved design of the national emblem. The petitioner also claimed that the logo of ‘Satyameva Jayate’ is not there on the statue.

When the petitioner claimed that the lions appeared more aggressive, Justice Shah orally observed that “that impression depends on the mind of the person.”

The bench observed that there is no violation of act.

“Having heard the petitioning party in person and passed the emblem of which the claim is formulated, it cannot be said that the same is in any case contrary to what the Law provides. None of the provisions of the Act can be said to be violated. The emblem of the state of India installed in the Central Vista project, New Delhi cannot be said to in the least violate the law. The writ petition stands dismissed,” the bench said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the new national emblem atop the new Parliament building on July 12 this year. He is 6.5 meters tall and weighs 9,500 kilograms.

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