Why Sonia in central govt ads? High Court seeks reply on PIL

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday directed the Central government to reply in a week's time to a public interest litigation that has sought a ban on its advertisements carrying photographs of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the ground she does not hold any constitutional position.

The direction came from a division bench of HC consisting of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala, which was hearing a PIL moved by one Dhaval Shah from Ahmedabad.

Shah's counsel Vijay Patel, a former BJP MP, said the matter would come for further hearing on Thursday next.

The petitioner has sought directions to the Central government to stop publication and withdrawal of advertisements being published and telecast in the state ahead of the Assembly elections on the ground that the president or chairman of any national/regional party has no constitutional position.

"In spite of the aforesaid fact, in every publication of the Central government, photographs of Sonia Gandhi are prominently projected. These are advertised from the funds of the Central government," the petitioner contended.

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