The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a show-cause notice to Amritsar municipal commissioner Pardeep Kumar Sabharwal, asking him why made a false statement that after April, no illegal hoarding had come up in those civic limits.
The notice was issued by the court headed by justice Rajive Bhalla and the officer has to reply before the next hearing on October 10. The court was hearing a contempt petition highlighting that illegal hoardings and advertisement signs had come up in Haryana and Punjab in violation of rules. Sabharwal has submitted an affidavit that Amritsar Outdoor Advertisement Bylaw was pending consideration and a decision was expected in one month.
The court said: "A perusal of the affidavit further reveals that after 11.04.2014 (April 11), no illegal hoardings have come up in Amritsar or have been removed. The affidavit on the face of it is not believable." The court also directed the Ludhiana and Mohali municipal corporations to inform the general public that they had notified bylaws on outdoor advertisement and any violation of those would invite penalty.
Justice Bhalla also directed both corporations to file details of the illegal hoardings removed till date.
Petitioner Bhupinder Singh had placed on record the photographs of various neon signs and hoardings facing the highways and main roads in Gurgaon especially in blatant violation of the Supreme Court and high court directions, and highlighted that the signs distracted of drivers and caused road accidents. The scope of the case was later extended to Punjab as well. Many advertising companies, later, moved court, arguing that if their signs put after tendering process were to be removed, then they be allotted alternative sites.