2016 ALL SCR 864
SUPREME COURT

RANJAN GOGOI AND PINAKI CHANDRA GHOSE, JJ.

State of Karnataka Vs. Common Cause & Ors.

Review Petition (C) No.1879 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.1881 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.2703 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.2705 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.3191 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.3193 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.3275 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.3277 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.3674 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.3676 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.123 of 2016,Review Petition (C) No.125 of 2015,Writ Petition (C) No.13 of 2004,Writ Petition (C) No.197 of 2004,Writ Petition (C) No.302 of 2012,Review Petition (C) No.1876 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.1877 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.1834 of 2015,Review Petition (C) No.3259 of 2015,in Writ Petition (C) No.197 of 2004

18th March, 2016.

Petitioner Counsel: Mr. T.R. ANDHYARUJINA, Sr. Adv., Mr. JOSEPH ARISTOTLE S., Mrs. PRIYA ARISTOTLE, Mr. M.B. ELAKKUMANAN, Mr. SOUMITRA G. CHAUDHARI, Mr. PARIJAT SINHA, M/s CORPORATE LAW GROUP, Mr. M. YOGESH KANNA, Mr. JAYANT PATEL, Mr. ABHISTH KUMAR, Mr. ABHISHEK KUMAR SINGH, Ms. ARCHANA SINGH, Mr. SOM RAJ CHAUDHARY, Mr. SUDEEP KUMAR
Respondent Counsel: Mr. SANJEEB PANIGRAHI, Mr. PRASHANT BHUSHAN, Mr. SHREEKANT N. TERDAL, Mr. C.D. SINGH, Ms. SAKSHI KAKKAR, Mr. K.V. MOHAN, Mr. SIDDHARTH BHATNAGAR, Ms. GARIMA TIWARI, Ms. HEMANTIKA WAHI, Ms. RUCHI KOHLI, Mr. D.S. MAHRA, Ms. MEERA BHATIA, Mr. BALRAJ DEWAN

Publication of Photographs of Ministers - Review of order dt.13th May, 2015 - Order permitting publication of photographs of President, Prime Minister (PM) and Chief Justice of India - Extended to Governor and Chief Ministers (CM) of the States - Further, in lieu of photograph of PM and States in lieu of photograph of CM, photograph of concerned cabinet Minister may be published, if so desired. (Para 1)

JUDGMENT

JUDGMENT :- We have heard the learned counsels for all the contesting parties. Upon due consideration, we review our judgment dated 13th May, 2015 passed in Writ Petition (Civil) No.13 of 2003, Writ Petition (Civil) No.197 of 2004 and Writ Petition (Civil) No.302 of 2012 to the extent indicated below:

(i) The exception carved out in paragraph 23 of the aforesaid judgment dated 13th May, 2015 permitting the publication of the photographs of the President, Prime Minister and Chief Justice of the country, subject to the said authorities themselves deciding the question, is now extended to the Governors and the Chief Ministers of the States.

(ii) In lieu of the photograph of the Prime Minister, the photograph of the Departmental (Cabinet) Minister/Minister In-charge of the concerned Ministry may be published, if so desired.

(iii) In the States, similarly, the photograph of the Departmental (Cabinet) Minister/Minister In-charge in lieu of the photograph of the Chief Minister may be published, if so desired.

(iv) All other observations/directions in the aforesaid judgment dated 13th May, 2015 shall continue to remain in force subject to the above modification.

2. The review petitions are disposed of in the above terms.

Ordered accordingly.