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Lokayukta notice to Sheila,23 others over hoardings,posters

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: May 16, 2013 1:23 am

Menace MCD removed 45,366 posters,banners from Rohini zone in 2011.

Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin on Wednesday issued show-cause notices to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami,six MLAs and 16 municipal councillors after taking note of a petition against thousands of hoardings and banners across the city.

The notices,returnable on July 22,were in response to a petition filed by S K Saxena who sought action against public functionaries who put up hoardings and posters without permission from authorities concerned.

“From the perusal of the documents and material placed on record it is seen that the concerned ‘public functionaries’ — councillors and MLAs — have prima facie contravened the provisions of Sub-Section 2 of Section 3 of the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act,2007,” Justice Sarin said.

In his order,the Lokayukta wrote,“The banners,posters and hoardings are put up on the smallest pretext. Be it a birthday,a festival or winning some internal election or inauguration of a road or project. These posters are put up not at the scheduled sites of MCD,which would earn revenue,but at other convenient places in contravention of the statute.”

He said such posters were put up by public functionaries or their followers who wield considerable clout,which resulted in almost no prosecutions.

According to Justice Sarin,in the year,2011-2012 in Rohini Zone alone,the MCD claimed to have removed 45,366 posters,23,829 banners and 10,297 hoardings without any prosecution having been launched against anybody.

The Lokayukta singled out the ruling Congress party and said in his order,“This forum attempted to bring a consensus among the various political parties so as to contain and end this menace. It was proposed that parties could agree to allocated designated sites and places in different areas,where posters/banners/hoardings could be put up. Unfortunately,the response of the major party — Congress party — was a disappointing one.”

Putting up of hoardings and posters without prior permission is an offence under the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act and the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act,2007. According to the provisions of the Act,offenders can face imprisonment for up to one year.

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