Only PM & Prez can feature in Govt ads: SC

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New Delhi: Rendering a severe blow to the rampant featuring of politician in government ads, the Supreme Court on Wednesday prohibited the use of photographs of political leaders in advertisements issued by the government and its agencies.

However the SC bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi permitted the use of photographs of Prime minister, President, Chief Justice of India and departed leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, in the government ads.

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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.