A city resident who had painted the colour black on all signboards in the city as they carried directions in Hindi and English and not in Punjabi has been fined Rs. 1,000.
Additional chief judicial magistrate KK Jain on Thursday imposed the penalty on Baljeet Singh Khalsa, who was booked under section 3 (penalty for defacement of property) of the Defacement Act.
Khalsa, when given an opportunity to explain by the court, said, “I am proud of what I have done. Chandigarh administration had been ignoring the demand to put sign boards in Punjabi for long.”
The court, considering his statement, imposed the penalty and released him on probation for six months with a warning that he would not repeat the offence during the probation period.
Khalsa in the past few months had painted the colour black on boards of Rajiv Gandhi IT Park at Sector 29-30 roundabout; Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sector 31; Paryavaran Bhawan, Sector 19; Survey of India Complex, Dakshin Marg, Sector 32; Nirman Bhavan; Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) building at Sector 31; Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti in Sector 31, and the board of the UT registering and licensing authority and the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.
Claiming responsibility for defacing notice boards and signboards, Khalsa said he has been doing it purposely to communicate to the Chandigarh administration to adopt Punjabi as the official language and give preference to Punjabi-speaking youth for employment.