Wednesday, August 29, 2007
AR. Rahman was cleared in a petition filed against him by the General Secretary of the Jebamani Janatha Party, Mohanraj. The petition was disposed of by Chief Justice AB Shah and Justice Jyothimani. The petition alleged that the singer capitalized on India"s Independence and intended to make profits off the national Independence Day of the country. He also said in the petition that the National Anthem is to be sung in exactly 52 seconds but the singer prolonged his version of the song to more than six or seven minutes.
After delving into the accusation, that the petition made, the Chief Justice said that it is the right of all citizens to sing the National Anthem. The judges pointed out that in a case disposed of earlier refusing to sing the National Anthem is not a punishable crime. The judge dismisses the petition and advised the petitioner not to file such ridiculous petition in the future.