Supreme Court of India will hear a review plea of state governments on ban of politicians’ image in government ads. The court will hear the review plea on Monday, 14th September 2015.
States such as Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Karnataka highlighted that they enjoy autonomy in a federal structure of governance. They pointed out if SC can allow Prime Minister’s pictures, then CMs too have the right to get their photos published.
It can be highlighted that in May this year Supreme Court of India banned the use of images of any politicians except Prime Minister, President and Chief Justice of India in govt ads. The court allowed their images to be used in media but also said, “Even these three personalities will have to approve whether their photos will be there.”
The court highlighted that publishing of photographs of any personalities (other than the above-mentioned) has the potential to create a personality cult. That is why it should not be permitted. It led SC to exempt photos of deceased leaders from its new rules.
The court said, “Advertisements materials should be objective and not directed at promoting political interests of ruling party.”
The judgement came after a petition was filed by lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who sought strict rules to check the misuse of tax payers’ money spent on government ads and personal publicity.