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‘Insult’ to national anthem by Murthy
Unpardonable: Karnataka Govt

Bangalore, April 13
The Karnataka government today described as an “unpardonable offence" remarks of the chief mentor of Infosys Technologies Limited N.R. Narayana Murthy on the national anthem issue.

“It is an unpardonable offence. There is no need for Murthy to make a statement that instrumental version of the national anthem had to be played to avoid embarrassment to foreigners in his Mysore Global Training campus,” State Home Minister M P Prakash said in the state assembly.

The Mysore City police have already registered a case against Murthy under Section 3 of the Insult to National Honour Act, on the basis of a complaint lodged by an advocate. “The case, registered as a non-cognisable offence, is under investigation,” Prakash said.

He, however, said there was no “insult” to the national anthem at the function held in the Infosys Mysore Campus on April 8, which was attended by the President A P J Abdul Kalam.

The controversy arose following a statement made by Murthy at a press meet he addressed later at which he defended the playing of instrumental version of the national anthem to avoid embarrassment to foreigners present at the function, he said.

“There was no need for Murthy to make such a comment,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, former Karnataka minister and irrigation expert H. N. Nanje Gowda today filed a complaint with the Vijayanagara police against Infosys chief mentor N. R. Narayana Murthy for ‘disrespecting’ the National Anthem during President A P J Abdul Kalam’s visit to the IT giant’s campus here on April 8.

Speaking to news persons here, he said he had filed a complaint against Murthy as his statement amounted to showing disrespect to the National Anthem. He alleged that the police department were trying to close the case without filing an FIR against him.

Gowda demanded a detailed judicial inquiry into the allotment of lands to not only Infosys, but also other big industries in the State. The State Government should take necessary steps to prevent such huge land allotment to industrial establishments, he said. — PTI\UNI

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