AAP govt continues to violate Supreme Court order on ads: Ajay Maken to HC

Monday, 10 August,New Delhi: The AAP government continues to issue advertisements glorifying Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the party in violation of the Supreme Court ruling that taxpayers’ money cannot be spent to build the image of political leaders, the Delhi High Court was today told.

The submission was made before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath by way of an affidavit filed by Congress leader Ajay Maken who alleged that the Delhi government’s claim on July 29 that none of its advertisements or hoardings was in violation of the apex court’s ruling, was incorrect.

“On July 29, 2015, when the above-mentioned matter was taken up for hearing, it was stated on behalf of Respondent 2 (Delhi government) that ever since the judgment of the Supreme Court dated May 13 wherein the apex court had approved the Government Advertisement (Content Regulation) Guidelines, 2014, Respondent 2 has taken down all its advertisements/ hoardings that were in violation of the said guidelines…

“It is most humbly submitted that the statement made by Respondent 2 is incorrect as even after the passing of the Government Advertisement Guidelines, Respondent 2 has not refrained from publishing advertisements/hoardings that are in violation of the same,” Maken said in his affidavit.

He also said that all the advertisements of Delhi government “either depict the picture of the Chief Minister or they seek to glorify the Chief Minister/party-in-power and at the same time also cast a negative impression of those critical/parties in opposition of the party in power.” “Thus, a bare perusal of all of the said advertisements/ hoardings clearly shows that the same are in blatant violation of the said guidelines,” he said, referring to the pictures he has taken, post July 29, of the various ads.

The AAP government had on August 3 informed the court that it had spent Rs 22 crore on advertisements in the three months after the apex court’s ruling of May 13.