Indian sports law update - Sania Mirza, IPL, NEO Sports Broadcast
All cases against Sania Mirza dismissed
A DNA India article from 2010 gives further insight into the three cases filed in 2008 against Mirza, which were initially postponed and then dismissed on Friday, February 28, 2014.
Sania Mirza, did not stand at “attention” during the Indian national anthem at a women’s tennis event in 2008, where Mirza was chief guest. Mirza should have been standing with her hands by her side in order to be standing at attention; however, at the event in 2008, Mirza was standing with her arms behind her during the national anthem, accordingly an article in Pune Mirror.
Mirza’s actions at this event resulted in her potentially facing consequences for “allegedly insulting [the] national anthem,” based on the three cases filed against her under The Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act 1971 (“The Act”). This act addresses the expected behavior towards, and proper use of, the Indian National flag and the Constitution of India in any “public place” as defined under Section 2, Explanation 3 of The Act. If found guilty, an offense under The Act is are punishable with three years imprisonment, a fine, and/or both.
On February 28th, all allegations from 2008 against tennis star, Sania Mirza, were dismissed, by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Sita Ram, according to a Times of India article.
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Manali is currently a fourth year JD Candidate at the University of Maine School of Law. She was the COO at LawInSport and continues to be an executive contributor of the editorial board for LawInSport. She holds an LLM in Sports Law from Nottingham Law School (Nottingham Trent University). She is currently the legal extern for the Professional Collegiate League, and also serves as an intern for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.