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Aamir Khan gets legal notice for using national emblem on ‘Satyamev Jayate’

MUMBAI: Actor Aamir Khan has once again been embroiled in a legal controversy for using the national emblem as the title of the programme allegedly without the Central government’s permission.

The name of Khan’s show ‘Satyamev Jayate’, which airs on Star Plus, is a part of the national emblem, says activist Manoranjan Roy.

Roy has sent a legal notice to Khan for using the emblem of the country in his television show. He alleges that the superstar used the emblem as the title of the programme without the Central government’s permission.

The name ‘Satyamev Jayate’ is part of the national emblem, says Roy.

The notice sent by advocate Manoj Singh on Roy’s behalf demands that the producers of the show furnish a copy of the government permission.

“Otherwise our client has given us peremptory instructions to initiate legal proceedings against you,” it says.

The notice’s recipients are Aamir Khan, his wife Kiran Rao (both producers) and the show’s director Satyajit Bhatkal.

The title Satyamev Jayate is a part of the State Emblem which cannot be used without permission as per State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act 2009, the order states.

No authority has the right to register or grant patent which contains the State Emblem or its part, the notice says, adding that “it cannot be used to get monetary benefit or for the purpose of advertisement.”

‘Satyamev Jayate’ is a talk show aired simultaneously on Star network and Doordarshan’s national channel. The show discusses various social issues like female foeticide, rape, honour killings, child sexual abuse and domestic violence.