Punjab Police have arrested Joney Kapoor for displaying the Indian national flag on his private car and also installing a hooter. The man Joney Kapoor is an aide of Punjab’s Minister of Defence Services Welfare, Food Processing Fauja Singh Sarari.
The Police have booked Joney Kapoor under sections 170 & 336 of IPC. He is also booked under Section 2 of the Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act, 1971.
Police arrested Kapoor when he was coming to Guruharsahai in his car from Golu ka Mour, located around seven km away from the town after an FIR was registered. A high voltage drama unfolded at the police station after AAP workers reached the station and started protesting against the arrest.
BJP leader Gurparvez Singh Shella Sandhu had uploaded a picture of the vehicle of the AAP leader on his social media account. He demanded action by the police on Kapoor. Sandhu said that AAP party workers were resorting to illegal and unethical practices.
Not everyone can display the Indian flag on a private car
According to the code of conduct, there are several rules that one needs to follow while displaying the Indian flag on their vehicles. First of all, the privilege to display the Indian National Flag on motor cars is limited to the President, Vice-President, Governors and Lieutenant Governors, and Heads of Indian Missions/Posts abroad, Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers, speaker of Lok Sabha and Chief Justice of India.
Section 3.12 elaborates on how one should display the flag on the vehicle. According to the law, “When the Flag is displayed alone on a motor car, it shall be flown from a staff, which should be affixed firmly either on the middle front of the bonnet or to the front right side of the car.”
“Misuse of the national flag, or anyone who ‘burns, mutilates, defaces, defiles, disfigures, destroys, tramples upon or 1 [otherwise shows disrespect to or brings] into contempt (whether by words, either spoken or written, or by acts) the Indian National Flag or the Constitution of India or any part thereof, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.”
There is no data available on how many cases have been filed against motorists for misusing or wrongly displaying the Indian national flag. During the recent Har Ghar Tiranga campaign of the Indian government, we saw motorists displaying the flag on their vehicles. However, there is no information or news of police action against these vehicles. While earlier, citizens of India could not put the Indian flag from their homes, the law was updated so that citizens could display flags from their homes. However, private car owners cannot use the Indian national flag on their vehicles.
Recently, Delhi Police arrested a man who used the Indian flag as a rag to clean his scooter. The police also seized the scooter.