PILs Against India Shining In Delhi HC

New Delhi, Feb 25: | Updated: Feb 26 2004, 05:30am hrs
The controversial India shining advertising campaign has been challenged in the Delhi high court in two public interest litigations which have sought a ban on it and a direction to the Centre to submit a full and proper statement of accounts on the funds spent on it.

The PILs, filed by the Unemployed Youth Unity Movement and advocate Chanchal Thakur, allege that the campaign is being used by the ruling party to project its image ahead of elections.

The petitioners on Wednesday requested the court to issues notices to the Centre, Prime Minister, finance minister, Planning Commission, directorate of advertising and visual publicity, Election Commission and Comptroller and Auditor General. However, without issuing any notices to respondents, a division bench of justices BC Patel and BD Ahmed asked the Election Commission to place the relevant materials before it and posted the matter for hearing on March 3.