New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Wednesday asked the Centre to inform the court on the status of the three-member implementing body meant to ensure compliance of the Government Advertising (Content Regulation) Guidelines 2014 laid down by the Supreme Court to check misuse of public money.
The court was acting on a petition filed by Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken against the Centre and the Delhi government for allegedly misusing public funds for so-called politically motivated advertisements.
Through the petition, Maken also sought direction to restrain the city government from publishing the names of Kejriwal in any of its current or future advertisements, that are allegedly in violation of the Advertisement Guidelines, 2014.
The petition claimed the federal government, which is supposed to set up a three-member committee to ensure implementation of the Supreme Court’s rules, has failed to do so. Maken in his petition said such a situation is being used to repeatedly air and publish politically motivated advertisements in violation of the apex court’s guidelines.
The court said it would wait for the Centre’s response before passing any order to restrain the Delhi government from airing its publicity campaign and advertisements allegedly glorifying chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The Centre’s counsels Anil Soni and Naginder Benipal said they would seek instructions on the steps being taken to comply with the guidelines and inform the judges.
The court will hear the details of the alleged violation by Delhi government and application for stay on its ad campaign on 27 July.