Relief for Shashi Tharoor in national anthem disrespect case
Challenging this, he approached the High Court and the proceedings in the lower court were stayed. Consequent to the dismissal of the petition, the magistrate can proceed with further proceedings. Reacting to the court order, Tharoor dubbed the case as a "malicious, politically motivated, vexatious and frivolous litigation" and said he had not shown any disrespect to the national anthem and would pursue the case to clear his name.
"Let me discuss the matter with my lawyers. I will decide whether I should appeal against the High Court order or let the case drag on," Tharoor, who recently made a comeback to the Union ministry as MOS for HRD, said.
"I think the case is purely political. It is pure and simple harassment. I have high respect for judiciary," he told a meet-the-press in Thiruvananthapuram.
Tharoor said he had sought the high court's intervention as the case had dragged on for failure on the part of the witnesses from the litigant's side.
Stating that he was not prepared for any out-of-court settlement in the case, the Minister said he was a proudpatriot who would not allow any stain on the national anthem and would pursue the case till its very end.
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