India’s Supreme Court did not approve this logo for teachers, central government says

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An image has been shared repeatedly in multiple posts on Facebook in 2020 alongside a claim it shows a logo approved by India's Supreme Court for teachers to display on their vehicles. The claim is false; in response to the posts, the central government said "no such directive has been given by the Supreme Court"; the logo, which has circulated on Facebook since at least 2017, was designed by a school in north India.

The image was shared on Facebook here on February 16, 2020.

A screenshot of the misleading Facebook post

The post’s caption reads: “Supreme court given a right to every teachers for being Logo on his Vehicle. ## Thanks to Supreme court for giving this valuable right. ## Congratulations to every Teachers.”

The logo was also shared here, here, here and here on Facebook alongside an identical claim.

The claim, however, is false.

The Press Bureau of India, an agency within India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, dismissed the claim as “fake news” here Twitter on February 6, 2020.

A screenshot of the tweet

A further search found the logo has circulated on Facebook since at least 2017 and was designed by a school in the northern state of Punjab.

This Facebook page bears the same name and logo.