Days after the city police arrested a parking contractor for putting up advertisements on barricades at the entry points of parking lots, the Chandigarh municipal corporation on Friday issued a notice to the police to remove advertisements from barricades and beat boxes.
The parking contractor, Lalit Joshi, was booked on June 21.
In a notice issued to the Chandigarh senior superintendent of police (SSP), the MC joint commissioner, Varinder Chaudhary, has asked the former to remove all advertisements displayed on barricades and beats boxes without getting the required approval under the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order, 2008.
The notice says that as per the act, the UT finance secretary is chief administrator and the competent authority to permit display of advertisements. These powers have been delegated to the MC commissioner, it says.
MC joint commissioner Varinder Chaudhary said, “We are also calculating the amount for the advertisements already displayed. The money will be recovered from the police department.” Deputy inspector general (DIG) AS Cheema said, “We have not received any notice so far. We will look into the matter once we receive the letter.”
ACCUSED CONTRACTOR PRODUCED IN COURT
The paid parking contractor, Lalit Joshi, who was booked and arrested on June 21 for defrauding a woman manager of a private firm and later threatening and abusing her on the pretext of getting paid advertisements for her firm, was sent to judicial custody. He was produced in a local court after police remand of three days.
The complainant had alleged that Joshi took `20,000 from her to put up advertisements of her firm on barricades on various roads.
As per the Chandigarh Advertisement Control Order, 1954, which was amended in 2008, the advertisements cannot be displayed without the MC’s permission. In this case, the contractor was illegally charging money for displaying advertisements on the barricades.