SC said that letting political functionaries develop "personality cult" at the cost of public money was an "antithesis to democracy".
Even photographs of CMs, governors were prohibited.
28 Oct 2015
Centre files plea against banning photos in advertisements
The Centre asked the SC to review its determination of banning the publication of images of CMs and political leaders in government-issued advertisements.
The pleading parties said that the people had "the right to know about government welfare work in a participative democracy".
Moreover, they said that the judgement was against the federal nature of governance laid out in the Constitution.
Political mileage to the PM: Centre
The Centre said that dissemination of only PMs photos gives "the political party he belongs to, mileage over the political opponents. Recent advertisements would show that such advertisements have the potential to create partisan politics".
18 Mar 2016
SC allows government ads to have CM, governors' pictures
The Supreme Court repealed its 2015 ruling and permitted the use of photos of chief ministers, governors, and ministers in government advertisements.
The Centre and many states had filed appeals soliciting the revision of the 2015 decision that outlawed such photographs in government advertisements.
The Centre had contended that it should be left to the governments to decide this.