CJI asks govt not to use his photo in ad

Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam has declined permission to have his photograph published in a government advertisement relating to the launch of the customised PIN code for the Supreme Court.

According to a disclosure made under the Right to Information Act, he did not grant the request to the postal department for publication of his picture. 

The documents obtained from the Supreme Court under the transparency law showed that a request was sent to him for his photograph to be published by the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity on the release of India’s first customised PIN code to the apex court by the postal department. It was proposed to publish two separate advertisements at a cost of Rs 12 lakh on the occasion.

The documents received by activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal showed that Postmaster General Rajinder Kashyap wrote to Supreme Court’s Registrar (Administration and Protocol) M A Sayeed on September 24 last year seeking permission to use the photograph of the CJI, who was chief guest at the function.

“It is proposed to bring out advertisement in the newspapers on September 26, 2013. Your kind permission is solicited to use the photograph of Justice P Sathasivam, honourable Chief Justice of India,” wrote Kashyap.

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