'Outcome of drive against illegal hoardings during Maharashtra polls by Nov 10'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Nov 05, 2014 21:28 IST

Civic bodies across Maharashtra will have to inform the Bombay high court by November 10 about the outcome of a special drive to remove illegal hoardings during the assembly polls, the court reiterated on Wednesday.

In an order on September 30, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and other civic bodies had been directed to pull down all illegal materials, starting immediately and lasting until 10 days after the October 15 polls.

A division bench of justice AS Oka and justice GS Kulkarni was hearing a PIL filed by Suswarajya Foundation, on illegal banners in the state.

The foundation’s advocate Uday Warunjikar argued on Wednesday the compliance with the direction on special drives be placed before the court. The court responded saying this was already taken care of in the previous order.

“There is a clause in the order, which states full compliance is required,” said the bench.

Warunjikar further pointed out although a particular political party had given an undertaking to the court it would instruct its workers to refrain from putting up illegal materials, it had not fully complied with this. He did not specify the party.

At an earlier hearing, the MNS, BJP and NCP had tendered such undertakings to the court.

The court also suggested a panel of advocates be appointed to “speak to civic authorities” and bring to their notice cases of violation. Warunjikar said seven advocates had consented to being a part of the panel.

The court had also previously directed all civic bodies to establish a system to register complaints through a complaint number.

They will have to file a comprehensive affidavit by November 10 including information on details of action taken when an offence is made out, and details of political parties and leaders if found to be in breach. The matter will next be heard on November 24.

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