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Don’t print political pictures on Pongal gift coupons: Madras HC | Chennai News – Times of India

Don’t print political pictures on Pongal gift coupons: Madras HC | Chennai News – Times of India

CHENNAI: No symbol of any political party or pictures of political leaders could be printed on the tokens issued by the state government for 2,500 Pongal cash gift, Madras high court has said.
The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy issued the direction on Monday, while closing a public interest writ petition filed by the DMK. Printing pictures of political leaders in such state-sponsored schemes would amount to advertising the person concerned, the judges remarked.
When the plea came up for hearing, advocate-general Vijay Narayan submitted as per earlier directions of the court two circulars had been issued on December 30 to ration shops to ensure tokens with such pictures are not entertained.
To this, senior advocate P Wilson for DMK requested the court to pass a direction or make an observation so that no pictures of political leaders are printed in the token. “Pictures of chief minister, deputy chief minister and ministers of the respective districts are printed on the tokens or in attached sheets. Interestingly, the symbol of the Tamil Nadu government is not on the tokens,” Wilson said.
This apart, the tokens are being distributed by the members of the AIADMK across the state as if the party is making the payment. This amounts to canvassing for a political party at the cost of the exchequer, he said. According to the DMK, the tokens were issued with pictures of the chief minister, ministers and AIADMK symbol printed on them as if the gift is given by the ruling party.
Chennai: No symbol of any political party or pictures of political leaders could be printed on the tokens issued by the state government for 2,500 Pongal cash gift, Madras high court has said.
The first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy issued the direction on Monday, while closing a public interest writ petition filed by the DMK. Printing pictures of political leaders in such state-sponsored schemes would amount to advertising the person concerned, the judges remarked.
When the plea came up for hearing, advocate-general Vijay Narayan submitted as per earlier directions of the court two circulars had been issued on December 30 to ration shops to ensure tokens with such pictures are not entertained.
To this, senior advocate P Wilson for DMK requested the court to pass a direction or make an observation so that no pictures of political leaders are printed in the token. “Pictures of chief minister, deputy chief minister and ministers of the respective districts are printed on the tokens or in attached sheets. Interestingly, the symbol of the Tamil Nadu government is not on the tokens,” Wilson said.
This apart, the tokens are being distributed by the members of the AIADMK across the state as if the party is making the payment. This amounts to canvassing for a political party at the cost of the exchequer, he said. According to the DMK, the tokens were issued with pictures of the chief minister, ministers and AIADMK symbol printed on them as if the gift is given by the ruling party.

Published at Tue, 05 Jan 2021 05:02:00 +0000

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