The director of Khabhi Khushi Kabhi Gam, Karan Johar, got a major relief after 14 years of legal battle on Tuesday when a local court gave him clean chit in a case filed against him on charges of insulting the national anthem in the movie.
A local resident Pradeep Chandra had moved to the court of judicial magistrate in 2002 under the Prevention of Insult to the National Honour Act, 1971, alleging that the national anthem was not played in the desired manner in the movie. Moreover, it was alleged that nobody stood up in reverence in the theatres while the national anthem was being played in the cinema hall, which, the complainants said was an insult. The magistrate had then observed that the act amounted to an insult to the national anthem and had summoned Johar on April 17, 2002.
The magistrate’s order was challenged by Karan Johar in the high court, which stayed the proceedings on July 18, 2002. And, in its judgement on September 1, 2009, the high court directed the magistrate to consider discharge application. Subsequently, Johar went back to the court of the judicial magistrate and filed a petition for dismissal of the case but it was rejected on October 20, 2014.