Staff Correspondent

Asked to appear in person on September 19

MYSORE: The second Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court in the city has summoned chief mentor of Infosys N.R. Narayana Murthy in connection with a private complaint lodged against him for allegedly showing disrespect to the national anthem.

When the private complaint filed by former Minister and Irrigation expert H.N. Nanje Gowda came up for hearing on Wednesday, judge G. Badami issued summons to Mr. Narayana Murthy to appear before the court in person on September 19.

According to Mr. Nanje Gowda’s advocate, Abhinav Anand, his client had filed a private complaint accusing Mr. Narayana Murthy of showing disrespect to the national anthem during the then President Abdul Kalam’s visit to Infosys campus in Mysore on April 8.

After the police failed to act on Mr. Nanje Gowda’s complaint, he accused the Government and the police of shielding Mr. Narayana Murthy and moved the court seeking action under the provisions of Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act 1971.

‘Unpardonable’

In the complaint, Mr. Nanje Gowda termed “an unpardonable and a heinous crime” Mr. Narayana Murthy’s reported insult to national anthem during Dr. Kalam’s visit to the Infosys campus.

Mr. Narayana Murthy, during a post-event press conference, had said that the company chose against organising singing of the national anthem and instead played its instrumental version to avoid “embarrassment” to foreigners on the campus.

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