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TAMIL NADU GOVT. DIRECTED BY SUPREME COURT TO ENSURE THAT POLITICAL SLOGANS ETC. DO NOT LEAD TO DEFACEMENT OF DEFACEMENT OF PUBLIC PLACES

Team SoOLEGAL 27 Mar 2019 4:15pm

TAMIL NADU GOVT. DIRECTED BY SUPREME COURT TO ENSURE THAT POLITICAL SLOGANS ETC. DO NOT LEAD TO DEFACEMENT OF DEFACEMENT OF PUBLIC PLACES

G.Rajendran, who is the Managing Trustee of In Defence of Environment and Animals (IDEA), had approached the Madras High Court in 2006 and seeked a direction from the Court to prevent encroachments by anybody by any means including religious symbols and political graffiti, advertisements by private parties on the natural resources like mountains, hills, hillocks, roubles, avenue trees and on the centre median of the National and State Highways. The Madras High Court closed the writ petition by observing that the Government has the process would take some time. 

The Supreme Court bench, which comprised of CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta, issued this interim order in a Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by IDEA as the bench was unsatisfied with the judgment passed by Madras High Court in this matter. 

The court observed that the State on its part had failed to respond to the earlier order of the Court. It said:

"The counter affidavit of the State of Tamil Nadu is not in the spirit of the order of this Court dated 08.03.2019. What the court desired the State to do is to take preventive steps from defacement/disfigurement of public places by slogans, particularly election slogans when the elections are round the corner."
The State of Tamil Nadu has been directed to take all necessary steps for ensuring that there is no defacement/disfigurement of any public places including rocks, hills, hillocks, public constructions by writing slogans, messages of political parties including depiction of photographs of public figures/ politicians until further orders. 

Tagged: SupremeCourt   TamilNaduGovernment   Defacement   PoliticalSlogans  
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