The Kerala high court on Wednesday issued orders to continue in a lower court the trial against union minister Shashi Tharoor in a case of alleged disrespect to the national anthem.
The minister for state for human resource development termed the case against him as "malicious". The incident took place Dec 16, 2008, during a meeting at Kochi where Tharoor allegedly asked the audience to sing the national anthem by placing their right hand on their chest, similar to the practice in the US.
"The present case that is on is nothing but a malicious one pursued with political motives. I will seek legal advice on the judgement that has come out today (Wednesday) in the case in which I allegedly showed disrespect to the national anthem almost four years ago," said Tharoor.
The Kerala High Court earlier issued orders to continue the trial proceedings under Section 3 of the Prevention of Insults to the National Honour Act 1971 against him in the additional chief judicial magistrate's court in Kochi.