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Confusion over Modi's photo in regular emails sent to advocates from Supreme Court registry

New Delhi: There has been a lot of discussion and controversy in the country over whether the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be on the certificate obtained after corona vaccination. But with the PM's photo now in the mail sent directly from the Supreme Court, there was a good rush in Delhi on Friday. The photo was immediately removed by the NIC after the Supreme Court lawyers objected to the practice. However, this could jeopardize the very existence of the Supreme Court as an independent body of democracy, an objection raised by several advocates in the Supreme Court.

2022 is the nectar anniversary year of the country's independence. The central government has been promoting it for the last few months. However, this put NIC, the National Informatics Center, in trouble. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's photo with the advertisement 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav' flashed in the regular emails sent to lawyers by the Registration Department of the Supreme Court and raised eyebrows.
Speaking to The Indian Express, several Supreme Court advocates clarified that the signature section of the respective emails included a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with an advertisement for the Amritmahotsav year. After the mail was received by lawyers on Friday, some lawyers objected to it by posting the ad and a photo of Modi on the Advocates on Record WhatsApp group. I have received this photo in the mail from the registry. A lawyer had also requested that the issue be brought to the notice of the Chief Justice as it was inconsistent with the Supreme Court's position as an independent body of democracy, not as a part of the central government. The same advertisement with a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen in an email from the Supreme Court registry.
Meanwhile, the movement started as soon as the matter was noticed. A circular was issued late Friday evening by the registry department of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has directed NIC, which provides email facility, to remove relevant advertisements and photos from the mail system. They have also been instructed to use a photo of the Supreme Court instead. NIC promptly implemented the directive, the statement said.
Meanwhile, NIC has given sarcastic answers in this regard. This system is used in all the organizations serviced by NIC. Today we have taken steps to remove this ad from the Supreme Court system. Earlier, a message on Gandhi Jayanti was being used at the spot, NIC said.
In this way, the advocates have clarified their position as to why they have objected to the Prime Minister's photo appearing in the Supreme Court email. On this, senior advocate Chander Uday Singh said, these advertisements are objectionable. The Supreme Court and all other courts in the country are not government offices. Therefore, they cannot be used as part of government policy. Besides, the Supreme Court should not only be independent but also look independent. There is an image in the minds of the people that the Supreme Court is separate from the government or from political parties, it should be maintained. Advocates are also saying that such incidents should be avoided.