New Delhi: Delhi Congress today alleged that advertisements bearing images of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were still on display at public places in the city despite the Supreme Court order.
“It was surprising that an elected representative, CM of a state who is a keeper and maker of law, is himself defying the court order,” DPCC spokesperson Sharmishtha Mukherjee claimed. She alleged that advertisements carrying Kejriwal's photographs were “yet to be removed” from various public places in the city.
“You can not expect the taxpayer to help the government. We strongly demand an audit of the money spent on advertisements for extra days (of display), after the Supreme Court order and it should be paid for by Kejriwal or the Aam Admi Party,” Mukherjee said.
“It is a Supreme Court order and how can you overlook it. How can you do that as an elected representative”, she said. citing the Supreme Court order on government advertisements.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a slew of guidelines on regulation of public advertisements and said that they can carry pictures of certain dignitaries like the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India.
Referring to the issue concerning chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, Barkha Singh, the DPCC spokesperson alleged that Barkha was subjected to “humiliation” and “nasty attack” on social media since she issued a notice to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas.
“He ignored the summon issued by the institution (DCW). If he would have responded to the summon and went to the Commission, no harm would have been caused to his prestige.
Instead this “dirty” content on social media was unleashed against Barkha Singh and I strongly condemn it,” she said.
“When she issued summon to Kumar Vishwas, I don't think she was overstepping her duty. She also said that she tried to contact Vishwas several times and wrote a mail to him but received no reply. She also tried to contact Kejriwal. She waited for their response before she issued the summon.”
If Vishwas had responded the summon and submitted his reply to the Commission, the problem would have been solved and the whole issue could have been avoided, Mukherjee claimed.