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Odisha court admits case against Aamir for use of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ as brand


Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, June 12:

A court in the Odisha capital has admitted a petition challenging Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’ plans to use ‘Satyamev Jayate’, the national motto of India, as a business brand under which he proposes to sell everything from kitchen utensils to footwear.

Aamir Khan in Satyamev Jayate
Aamir Khan in Satyamev Jayate

The SDJM court, Bhubaneswar has admitted the case filed by Dr Subash Mohapatra, a city based journalist and social activist, on June 9 and has posted the hearing of the case for June 17 to decide if Khan needs to be issued a directive for personal appearance.

The petitioner has claimed that the mega star has applied to the Mumbai Trade Marks office in April, 2012 for exclusive rights to use ‘Satyamev Jayate’ as a trademark under the Trademark Act, 1999.

The application has been filed under the banner of Aamir Khan Productions, which produces the highly popular television show of the same name hosted by Khan on Star Plus on Sundays, he said adding the application had already got Stage II clearance.

Mohapatra claimed that the Bollywood superstar was seeking to use ‘Satyamev Jayate’, which is the most important feature of India’s Constitution and was adopted as the national motto after prolonged debate in the Constituent Assembly, for purely private gain.

“The word “Satyamev Jayate” is exclusively property of all citizens of India having authority under the Government of India. It is a symbol of nation and offices in India, the President of India, Judiciary and Executives, also of the Constitution. The people of India glorify and feel proud for that particular word as it enshrines the national sentiment, identity, symbol, faith and culture. So, Satyamev Jayate cannot be property of any private individual person for his personal benefit and interest,” Mohapatra said in his petition

The petitioner claimed Khan, who has already been conferred with the coveted civilian award of Padma Bhushan, was able to influence officials of the Mumbai Trademark Office into granting him two stages of clearance to his proposal, which he said amounts to ‘waging war’ against the country and its Constitution.

Mohapatra said he had already filed a case against Aamir Khan at the local police station under sections 120-B, 379,511, & 34 of IPC, but no action had been taken on it.