SC stays Kerala High Court order banning advertisements on KSRTC buses

B Balagopal

KSRTC bus. Photo: Mathrubhumi Archives

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has stayed the Kerala High Court order banning advertisements on KSRTC buses. A bench comprising justices Surya Kant and JK Maheshwari has sought the state government’s stand on the new scheme formulated by the KSRTC regarding advertisements.

As per the new scheme submitted by the KSRTC in the top court, the buses will no longer display advertisements that distract drivers of other vehicles and pedestrians. It has also stated in the scheme that advertisements will be posted only on the sides and the rear end of the bus, following the motor vehicle rules.

A committee, chaired by the MD, would be formed to examine the advertisements and approve them. Another committee chaired by a retired high court judge would be formed to look into the complaints received against the advertisements, the KSRTC stated.

The four-member committee chaired by the MD to examine the advertisement applications will include KSRTC chief law officer, senior manager and a technical member. The technical member could be a retired I and PRD director or a journalist.

The KSRTC chief law officer and senior manager will also be the members of the committee to look into the complaints. The committee will address the complaints in a timely manner, the KSRTC said.

Senior advocate V Giri and standing counsel Deepak Prakash appeared for the KSRTC.

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