High Court notice to Home Ministry

NEW DELHI, APRIL 24. The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Union Home Ministry on a public interest litigation alleging that a made-in-China globe selling in the Capital had shown the State of Jammu & Kashmir as an independent nation. The State had been shown in a different shade from the one in which India had been delineated on the globe.

A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice B.C. Patel and Justice B.D. Ahmed asked the Ministry to file a reply to the petition filed by Shudhendu Prakash Gautam, a resident of the Capital, by May 28.

The petitioner said that the globe was selling in the Capital, and he had bought one for his children from a shop in Connaught Place.

He stated that Jammu & Kashmir had been shown on the globe not as an integral part of India but as an area surrounded by Pakistan. The petitioner was shocked to see that such a globe was being allowed to be sold in the Capital by the Government, the petition said.

He urged the Court to issue a direction to Delhi's Police Commissioner and the Government to seize and destroy all such maps/globes in the Capital as well as in other States.

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