A topic that has long been trolled and condemned among netizens has now grabbed the attention of the top court too. The Supreme Court has asked the National Informatics Centre (NIC) to remove the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the slogan ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas’ which was carried as a footer of the top court’s official emails.
NIC has now been directed to use the Supreme Court’s picture instead of the Prime Minister’s.
“Late last evening it was brought to the notice of the Registry of the Supreme Court of India that the official emails of the Supreme Court of India were carrying an image as footer which has no connection whatsoever with the functioning of the Judiciary. National Informatics Centre, which provides the email services to the apex Court, was directed to drop that image from the footer of the emails originating from the Supreme Court,” SC stated.
The picture in the footer was brought to attention by a lawyer submitting, “Sir, I have received this notice from the Registry with a snapshot of the Prime Minister. The same does not seem to be in order of the Supreme Court’s position as an independent organ and not a part of the government. Request you to kindly take up the same with the Hon’ble Chief Justice with a note of protest if you deem appropriate.”
Some believed that it blurred the line between the judiciary and the government.
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It was noted that even after the apex court’s order, many tribunals and quasi-judicial bodies have not acted upon the directions.
On the official website of the National Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, there is a moving banner which carries a “Thank You PM Modi” message (both in Hindi and English) for providing free vaccines to all.
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This is not the first time that PM Modi’s picture courted controversy. Putting PM Narendra Modi’s picture on the Covid-vaccine certificate also received criticism but the government has stuck to it.