According to a petition filed in the Bombay High Court, the name and image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be removed from the PM CARES Fund website

13th Oct,2021

According to a petition filed in the Bombay High Court, the name and image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be removed from the PM CARES Fund website




Vikrant Chavan, a member of the Congress Party, filed a public interest litigation petition seeking the removal of photographs of the national emblem and flag from the trust's official website. He claims it goes against the Indian Constitution and the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act.
He also stated a few grounds as follows:
• The said fund received contribution from private entities and there was no governmental aid used.
• The fund did not actually perform any sovereign function.
• The funds aren't owned by the Central Government nor the collected funds go to the consolidated funds of India.
Hence according to him it is unlawful to use pictures of the Prime Minister, emblem or the national flag.
The matter was heard briefly by a bench of Justices AA Sayed and SG Dige, who instructed the Centre to answer to the plea before rehearing the case for further hearing on October 25.
A petition is also pending before the Delhi High Court, requesting that the PM CARES Fund be classified as a "State" under the Indian Constitution. Alternatively, if the PM Cares Fund is not considered to be "State," the petition has asked for a directive that it stop projecting itself as governmental by using the State emblem and the words "Prime Minister" in its name, among other things.
A petition has also been filed in the Kerala High Court to have PM's name and photograph removed from COVID-19 vaccination certificates.