Politicians across the spectrum are unhappy with the Supreme Court ruling that bars them from featuring in government sponsored advertisements.
The Central Government had made an appeal in the Supreme Court in October 2015 to allow photographs of Chief Ministers and Governors, including PM, President and Chief Justice of India in government ads. The matter is in the court and witnessed few hearing over the last six months.
Recently, the Central Government once again challenged the Supreme Court’s order stating that Chief Ministers should also be allowed to feature in government ads. Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi gave reference of Article 19 (1) a of the constitution and requested the bench of justices Rajan Gogoi and P C Ghose to reassess its earlier decision of banning CMs and other ministers in government sponsored ads.
The centre has also requested the court to refer the matter to a larger bench for fresh consideration.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court has sent contempt notice to Arvind Kejriwal and Jayalalithaa over misuse of tax payer’s money by Delhi and Tamilnadu Governments through public advertisements. The court has asked for their response on why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for violating its orders.
It can be recalled that the Delhi Govt. allocated Rs 526 crore for its ad campaigns. Post Supreme Court’s order of barring politicians in government advertisements, politicians are coming up with different ways to bypass the ruling.