Mighty Reliance Jio gets paltry Rs 500 fine for carrying PM Modi's photo in ads without his permission

Earlier in a written reply in Rajya Sabha to a question by Samajwadi Party's Neeraj Shekhar, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that "no permission was granted by Prime Minister's Office" for using Modi's photographs in the advertisements.

Mighty Reliance Jio gets paltry Rs 500 fine for carrying PM Modi

After the furore over the use of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Reliance Jio advertisement was carried without the permission from the PMO Reliance Jio is set to face the music . But wait the penalty is just a mere Rs 500 . This is the advantage of being Mukesh Ambani.

According to a Times of India report, the law governing prevention of improper use of emblems and names of 1950 provides for this rather insignificant penalty for violating norms.


Earlier in a written reply in Rajya Sabha to a question by Samajwadi Party's Neeraj Shekhar, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said that "no permission was granted by Prime Minister's Office" for using Modi's photographs in the advertisements.

Responding to a query raised by SP MP Neeraj Shekhar about the actions taken against Jio for violating the norms, Rathore said: “The necessary act, the Emblems and Names (prevention of improper use) Act 1950, is administered by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.

The opposition had also questioned the PM's photographs featuring in advertisements issued by e-wallet 'Paytm' after Modi announced the demonetisation of old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

On December 1, Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘bold’ move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes, saying the demonetisation will benefit common people. “I want to congratulate and applaud PM Modi on his bold decision to demonetise currency,” RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani said while extending Jio’s free voice/data offer till March 31, 2017.

“…I believe that common people will be the biggest beneficiaries of this change,” Ambani added.