SC notice to Centre, BJP, six states on violation of public advertisement guidelines

New Delhi, August 31, News24 Bureau: The Supreme Court has issued notice to Center, BJP and six states on violation of public advertisements guidelines. The Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi has asked them to file their responses within four weeks. This was based on the plea by Sanjeev Jha, an AAP MLA from Burari constituency here.The Supreme Court today sought responses from the Centre, six state governments and the Bharatiya Janata Party on a plea which has alleged that they have violated the apex court's directions on issuance of public advertisements.   Besides BJP and Centr, the Supreme Court has issued notices to the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chattishgarh and Telangana on a plea filed by an Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Delhi. It is interesting to note that except Telangana, the other five states are ruled by the BJP.AAP's Sanjeev Jha has alleged that the Centre, the BJP and these states have issued public advertisements in violation of the apex court's directions given earlier.He has sought a direction from the top court that a committee constituted on this issue by the Centre should be asked to take cognizance of these alleged violations and initiate appropriate proceedings against them.Earlier on May 13, 2015 the Supreme Court had passed a slew of directions including the order asking Centre to constitute a three-member committee "consisting of persons with unimpeachable neutrality and impartiality" to regulate the issue of public advertisements. However, on March 18, 2016, the apex court modified its order and said the pictures of Union ministers, chief ministers, governors and state ministers can appear in government advertisements. That verdict came on pleas by Centre and states including the then poll-bound West Bengal and Tamil Nadu which had sought a review of the Supreme Court judgment barring publication of leaders' photos in advertisements except those of the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India, saying it infringed on fundamental rights and federal structure. Advocate Prashant Bhushan  had told the bench that certain state governments were violating the apex court's orders. He represents NGO Common Cause which had filed the original PIL on review petitions filed by the States.With Agencies