Madras High Court on Thursday observed that the Tamil Nadu government can erect banners to welcome the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of their meeting to be held in Mamallapuram.

The Madras HC said that the banners need to be placed in such a manner that doesn’t cause inconvenience to the general public.

The Tamil Nadu State government had filed an affidavit in the Court seeking permission to erect the banners to welcome the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Presidnet of China who are scheduled for a bilateral summit in the Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram as it is popularly known on October 11 to 13.

The Madras HC had told that the government need not seek the Court’s permission to erect banners.

Following the death of a 22 year old due to the AIADMK hoarding, the Court slammed the state government for not regulating the erection of banners.

The state government however said it only sought to inform the Court and not seek its permission for installing the hoardings.

Less than a month ago, a 23 year old Subasri died as an illegally erected hoarding by an AIADMK member announcing his son’s wedding dashed her leading to an accident. As Subasri lost balance she was run over by a water tanker that was right behind her on the road.  

Following the incident, activist Ramaswamy filed a petition over the state government’s failure to check the illegal banners and hoardings in the city.

The Division bench comprising Justices Sathyanarayanan and N Seshasayee pulled up the state government and said that the state has to follow the existing rules related to installation of banners. The bench also clarified that no political parties will be allowed to install such banners.

The Madras High Court had in 2017 banned the erection of hoardings on the road sides which the government did not comply with leading to the death of the 23 year old techie.

 

 

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