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Hoisting of green flag comes under Supreme Court scanner

NEW DELHI, July 16:The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre’s stand on a plea by a cleric seeking a ban on hoisting green flags with a crescent and star, terming it un-Islamic and resembling that of a Pakistani political party.

A bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan asked Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, to seek instructions from the government on the issue and posted it for hearing after two weeks.
“Take instructions on what’s the stand of the government. Sometime it would be difficult for the government… They would be blamed that they are taking mala fide action. Now the matter is with the court, they can take instructions,” the bench said.

The court asked the petitioner to serve a copy of the petition to Mehta in order to take instruction from the Centre.

The court was hearing a plea filed by the Syed Waseem Rizvi, Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Board of Waqfs, allegeding that the flags hoisted resembled the flags of the Pakistan Muslim League, which belongs to “enemy country”. (IANS)

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