Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: A review petition has been filed in the district court here, questioning a lower court’s direction to summon Chief Mentor of Infosys N.R. Narayana Murthy in connection with the complaint against him for allegedly showing disrespect to the national anthem.

The review petition was filed in the court of the district judge on Monday, barely two days before Mr. Murthy is scheduled to appear in person before the court of Second Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) on September 19.

The review petition has been filed by D.V. Harish, a resident of Bangalore and an admirer of Mr. Murthy. Mr. Harish’s advocate, Vishwanath, told The Hindu that the review petition had been admitted by the court and was likely to come up for hearing soon.

The review petition seeks to question the lower court’s decision to summon Mr. Murthy even after the High Court had quashed the proceedings initiated by a court in Bangalore over his alleged disrespect to the national anthem.

“The High Court has already made it clear singing of the instrumental version of the national anthem did not amount to showing disrespect to the anthem,” Mr. Vishwanath said.

The Second JMFC had summoned Mr. Murthy on the basis of a private complaint filed by the former Minister H.N. Nanje Gowda.

In his complaint, Mr. Gowda had accused the police of shielding Mr. Murthy and sought action against the Infosys Chief Mentor for showing disrespect to the national anthem under the provisions of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act 1971.

In the complaint, Mr. Gowda termed as “an unpardonable and a heinous crime” Mr. Murthy’s reported insult to the national anthem during the then President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s visit to the Infosys campus.

Murthy’s plea

Bangalore Staff Reporter writes:

A writ petition by the Infosys Chief Mentor seeking to quash all proceedings initiated by a Mysore court is listed for hearing before the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday.

In his petition, Mr. Murthy said the JMFC, Mysore, had erred in registering a complaint against him.