Network operator Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, headed by Mukesh Ambani who by the way is supposed to be the richest man in India may have to pay only Rs 500 for using Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image their in print and electronic advertisements.
Apparently, the company had not taken the government’s permission before using PM Modi’s picture in their Jio advertisement.
The said punishment is happening because the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1950 prohibits the improper usage of emblems and names for professional and commercial purposes.
The Reliance Industries is yet to respond to the development.
PM Modi’s photograph in full page of Reliance Jio advertisments on the launch of its service triggered a massive controversy with the opposition leaders including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal attacking him for “openly endorsing” Jio.
However, the BJP claimed that the Prime Minister had not given any permission to use his image.
Congress went on to urge the Prime Minister to take action against the Reliance Inudstries if the company had used his image without permission.
Arvind Kejriwal dis not refrain from mocking the Prime Minister by dubbing him as “Mr Reliance” and even accused him of promoting Jio services whose launch was announced by Mukesh Ambani in the month of September.
“Modiji you keep modelling for Reliance ads. Labourers across the country will teach you a lesson in 2019. PM as Mr Reliance. Any more proof required to prove that Modiji is in Ambanis pockets. PM of India openly endorses Reliance product,” Kejriwal had tweeted.