Government ads can carry chief minister’s photos: Supreme Court

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Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the government advertisements would not be allowed to carry the photos of chief ministers.

Under the new law, government ads can now carry the images of chief ministers, governors and the ministers of relevant departments.

This came after the central government earlier this month filed review petition opposing restricting use of the Prime Minister’s photographs in government advertisements, while telling the Supreme Court that in a federal polity, the position of chief ministers or union ministers was in no way less than that of the Prime Minister.

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“If the prime minister can be shown in the government advertisements, there is no reason why photos of the chief minister can’t be shown. If there has to be the prime minister’s photo, then chief minister is equally important,” it maintained.

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The SC had issued notices to Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi and Jayalalithaa government in Tamil Nadu on a contempt plea for violating its 13 May, 2015 verdict by issuing advertisement aimed at promoting the two Chief Ministers and for political messaging.

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