Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court has ordered the DM and police commissioner of Lucknow to remove the posters without delay, in connection with the posting of posters of the accused in Uttar Pradesh for nuisance and sabotage in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The Allahabad high court has ordered the filing of the action taken before March 16 to remove the poster before March 16. A special bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha had reserved the verdict on the matter after hearing it yesterday.
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During the hearing of the case on Sunday, Advocate Raghavendra Pratap Singh, appearing for the state government before the bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha, argued that the court should not interfere in such a case like a PIL should do. He said that after the investigation, the names of these people came to light, after adopting the entire procedure according to the law, they were also issued notice from the court.
Despite the court notice, these people were not present. In such a situation, they had to put their posters in public. On this, the court wanted to know what is the law under which posters of such people can be put in public.
Public interest litigation against perpetrators of law is not maintainable
Advocate General Raghavendra Singh said that these people are lawbreakers and are escaping the legal process, so they were disclosed in public in this way. The Advocate General also said that all those against whom action has been taken are guilty of all laws.
The Advocate General also said that all are educated people and are knowledgeable about the law, so the public interest litigation in such a case is not maintainable. He said that such a case should not be interfered with through a PIL. He also spoke of jurisdiction. The court, after hearing the advocate general, reserved judgment on the matter.
Verbal comment – There is no work that hurts anyone’s heart
Earlier, the special bench started hearing on the matter at ten o’clock in the morning but the hearing was deferred till 3 o’clock due to the non-appearance of the advocate general. During that time, the court verbally told Additional Advocate General Neeraj Tripathi that no such action should be done, which hurt someone’s heart.
What is the matter
It is noteworthy that the police have identified several accused posters in Lucknow during the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in December last year and put up their posters all over Lucknow.
Police have identified about 50 people as alleged miscreants and issued notices to them. Among the people whose photographs are in the poster include Congress leader Sadaf Jaffer and former IPS officer SR Darapuri.
The names, photographs and residential addresses of the accused are mentioned in those hoardings. As a result, the nominated people are apprehensive about their safety. These accused have been asked to compensate the loss to public and private property within a stipulated time frame and the district administration has been asked to confiscate their assets if they do not pay.
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