Madras High Court declines to pass order on plea against use of Jayalalithaa photo

Chennai: The Madras High Court Tuesday sought the Tamil Nadu government's stand on a plea to ban the use of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's photograph in government advertisements because she had been convicted in a corruption case.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

While issuing notice to the government for its stand on the plea by 'Traffic' Ramaswami, a noted public interest litigant, a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar, however, refused to pass any interim order on the petition and adjourned the hearing on it for five weeks.

Seeking a direction to the state government not to use Jayalalithaa's photograph, the petitioner submitted that the  Supreme Court had in its judgement stated that she was 'convicted' in the disproportionate assets case.

The government is openly giving advertisements with her photographs spending from public exchequer, he claimed. It gives a wrong signal as the successive governments may also follow the same in future by spending public fund, he added.

On 14 February, the Supreme Court had restored in toto the judgment and findings of the trial court in Bengaluru which held all the accused, including Jayalalithaa, guilty in the corruption case.

The apex court, however, had abated the proceedings against Jayalalithaa in view of her death on 5 December last  year.

Jayalalithaa, her close aide and AIADMK general-secretary VK Sasikala and two others were accused of amassing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 66.65 crore during her first term as the chief minister from 1991 to 1996.

Updated Date: Jul 04, 2017 07:00 AM

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