Indian boxer Vijender Singh finds himself in a tight spot for having got the national emblem printed on his reception card in May this year.
A Delhi-based man had lodged a complaint over the printing of the national emblem on the invitation for Vijender's reception which was held on the 18th of May. If found guilty, the Olympic bronze medalist could face either 3 months in jail or a 5000 rupees fine.
The police have registered a case against the boxer, his family and the printer on the charges of improper use of the national emblem.
Vijender Singh had married a Delhi-based girl May 17 this year. The marriage was attended by several VIPs, including Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.
The invitation cards were distributed on behalf of Vijender's father Mahipal Singh. There was an image of national emblem, an adaptation from the Sarnath Lion Capital of Asoka, and 'Satyamev Jayate' was written under it.
Incidentally, Vijender is himself a serving deputy superintendent of police (DSP) level in the Haryana Police.
The State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005 mentions that no person shall use the emblem for private purpose of any trade, business etc or in the title of any patent, or in any trademark or design, except in such cases and under such conditions as may be prescribed.
The Act also states that no person shall use the emblem or any colourable imitation, thereof, in any manner which tends to create an impression that it relates to the government or that it is an official order of state or central government.