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India: Madras High Court Stops State from Printing Chief Ministers’ Pictures on Texbooks, School Bags

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


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Tamil Nadu political scene always seems to have an entertaining mix of drama and heroism, where food supplies and multiple state supplied objects may have images of Chief Ministers, where rations could possibly double up as PR materials as well. However, the Madras HC has come down heavily on the same, and has interdicted the state from doing the same, terming the practice to be “abhorrent”. The court decided the same in a Public Interest Litigation in the matter and has directed the state to take special care in ensuring that these objects would not be used for publicity purposes of politicians.

"It is abhorring that school-books or school bags meant for school-going children, who do not have a right to vote, would carry photographs of public functionaries, even if the functionary is the Chief Minister of the State. Public funds cannot be misused for printing photographs for the personal interests of any politician.”, the bench which included the Chief Justice opined.