HC directive against graffiti
A Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court comprising Justice AK Yog and Justice Prakash Krishna directed that one week?s notice be given and those who fail to pay heed should be prosecuted for putting illegal and unauthorised posters, banners, hand bills, hoardings and the same be got removed forthwith apart from sealing establishments of erring persons for two weeks.india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 01:29 IST
A Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court comprising Justice AK Yog and Justice Prakash Krishna directed that one week’s notice be given and those who fail to pay heed should be prosecuted for putting illegal and unauthorised posters, banners, hand bills, hoardings and the same be got removed forthwith apart from sealing establishments of erring persons for two weeks.
“If the erring person pays Rs 25,000 as penalty, then the seal may not be pressed. Similar action shall be taken by Nagar Nigam, Allahabad against the persons whose posters, banners, hoardings etc are fixed on the public/private buildings, offices, educational institutions, circuit house, NCZCC- boundary wall and public sign boards.
“The action shall be taken by the court against persons for whose benefit such banners, posters etc are fixed/installed. Nagar Nigam officials are directed to submit the list of erring persons or be ready to face action for violation of this order’’, the court directed. The court passed this order on a PIL filed by Anand Mohan, a prominent social activist.
Expressing concern over the falling standards of students’ union politics, the court observed that all the vices present in the general election of MP/MLA are also present in students’ union elections.
The court said, “From the newspaper reports, it is evident that those student leaders are either contractors in Allahabad Development Authority, Nagar Nigam or they have their own business. If a student above 25 years of age has talent to go in for politics, he must contest for election of MP and MLA. University and colleges shall not be allowed to be used as ‘extension-platforms’ for various political parties. The object for which provision was made to have ‘student union’ has been frustrated and their existence is proving counter productive to academics’’.
During the course of the hearing, Prof GK Rai, Chairman, Allahabad University Students’ Union Trust Board candidly stated before the court that these elections had become a nuisance for the citizens, in the city and academic atmosphere of the university and colleges completely collapsed due to it. The union had been and should be an essential part of the university. The necessary corrective measures could not be taken by the university administration alone or by teachers.
It must be a joint initiative of students, teachers, university administration and district administration as well as courts. The constitution of the union required change and improvement.Prof HS Upadhyay, who had conducted the recently held students’ union election as returning officer, also stated that a corrective measure had to be taken in this situation and students spending more than eight years in the university should not be eligible to contest the election.