Announcing himself as the president of GGDSD College, Sector 32, through posters pasted in various parts of the market, came at a heavy price for Basant Singh Sandhu, a student leader convicted by a local court for defacement.
Sandhu, a resident of Phase 11, SAS Nagar was directed to pay Rs 500 as penalty for defacement after he was pronounced guilty under West Bengal Prevention of Defacement of Property Act on August 27.
Sandhu, who booked for defacement on August after his posters claiming he was GGSD College president were pasted in Sector 34 market.
Sandhu’s is not an isolated case: he was booked by the UT police as part of drive against defacement. In August, the UT police had registered 200 cases of defacement at various police stations in the city. The police then filed a chargesheet against various persons who accepted their guilt and were convicted on basis of their confession.
On August 29, the court convicted Phool Chand, a resident of Kajheri village, Chandigarh, who was booked on August 23 after he was caught sticking posters on the walls of SCO no 80-81-82, Sector 34-C, Chandigarh of Rajat Cheema, also of GGDSD College. The court convicted him and imposed a penalty of Rs 500.
Similarly, Vir Vikramjit Singh, a resident of Sector 34, Chandigarh, was convicted on August 29 after the police booked him after posters of Manu Tailors and GATE Engineers Career Group were seen affixed outside his shop.
Baljinder Singh of Phase 10, SAS Nagar, was also convicted on August 29 for defacement for sticking posters on an electricity pole near college Road Sector 46, Chandigarh, announcing availability of ‘PG for Girls’ posters on August 22.
It is pertinent to mention that the cases were registered after a report regarding each case was sent by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to the DC office, which ordered the police to register a criminal case against the offenders. Almost half of the 200 cases registered were related to various student leaders, their supporters or associates. This is the first-of-its-kind development in which the police have been asked to register so many cases at one time for defacing the city.
The MC’s enforcement has gathered these 200 cases in the past one month. Besides student leaders, cases related to illegal advertisements of to-lets, commercial advertisements of private coaching institutes, trade, PGs and cellular companies have also been included.
This mammoth exercise was undertaken by MC in wake of a petition regarding blatant violations in city pending before the Punjab and Haryana high court in which MC was to give details of action taken against defacers.