Reliance Jio, PayTm apologise for using PM Narendra Modi's picture in ads without permission

Last month, the government had issued notices to the two companies asking them whether they had taken prior permission to use Modi's photographs on their advertisements.

The government today said Reliance Jio and PayTm have tendered their apologies for using Prime Minister Narendra Modi's picture in their advertisements without its permission.

Last month, the government had issued notices to the two companies asking them whether they had taken prior permission to use Modi's photographs on their advertisements.

In September last year, Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Jio Infocomm had used Modi's picture in full-page advertisements, which triggered a heated political debate and resulted in a number of PILs in the courts.

Two months later on November 9, the morning after Modi announced demonetisation on TV, PayTm released full-page ads in newspapers welcoming the decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1000 bank notes and the push towards digital economy.

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