Supreme Court Prohibits Use Of Politicians' Photos On Govt Ads, Says It Promotes Personality Cult

13/05/2015 2:33 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Members of India's landless, poor farmers and the tribal community walk towards Jantar Mantar, an area near the Indian parliament where citizens from across the country assemble for protests, to highlight the problems of India's landless in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. The farmers were protesting against government procuring land for setting up industry and not providing enough subsidy to farmers among several other grievances. An Indian government advertisement in the background reads "Now hunger will become history." (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Wednesday prohibited the use of photographs of political leaders, including ministers, in advertisements issued by the government and its agencies, saying that it leads to promotion of personality cult.

The apex court bench, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, in its judgment, however, permitted the use of photographs of the president, prime minister, Chief Justice of India and departed leaders, including Father of the Nation, in the advertisements issued by the government and its agencies.

The court said the use of photographs of an individual, leader or minister not only has a tendency to associate an individual with a project, but leads to a personality cult.

The court said this was a direct injustice to democracy.

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