The state human rights commission has recommended action against the then office bearers of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation for playing the national anthem to stop a ruckus during its 2006 annual meeting. Monika Bhosale reports. The State Human Rights Commission has said that the national anthem cannot be or should not be played for stopping disturbances and that it must be played at proper time and with full honour. The incident took place during the corporation’s general body meeting on November 7, 2006, which was attended by almost all the civic body’s office bearers, corporators and officers. It may be recalled that in the general body meeting of November 7, 2006 the national anthem was played to quell uproar during the meeting, which continued despite the anthem being played loudly. Manohar Totlani, a social activist had moved the rights commission seeking action against those guilty of “dishonouring” the national anthem. He had alleged that the Navi Mumbai police had initiated criminal action against him when he went to give them a notice about his intended hunger strike to protest the anthem’s misuse. The Navi Mumbai police had taken a stand that nothing as alleged had ever happened in the corporation’s meeting. This prompted Justice Munshi to order an inquiry through its own investigation wing. Totlani had also sought quashing the proceedings against him. The rights commission refused to interfere with the criminal proceedings pending against him as it found that charge sheet was already filed against him and the trial was pending. With bureau inputs, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.
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