An editorial in Sena's official organ "Saamna" on Friday said this order amounted to interfering in the government's affairs and encroaching on the powers of the legislature. "By constantly meddling in the affairs of the government, the courts will lose their reputation," it cited.

Decrying "personality cult" as an anti-thesis of democracy, the Supreme Court had on Wednesday barred publication of photos of leaders in government advertisements except those of the President, Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India.

While issuing guidelines for government advertisements, the Supreme Court rejected the Centre's stand that judiciary should not encroach into government policies and executive decisions.

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