Public property defacement: HC tells DC to take action

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari to take appropriate action regarding defacement of public properties during the municipal corporation poll campaign.

Written by Raakhi Jagga | Ludhiana | Published: June 2, 2012 3:15 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed Deputy Commissioner Rahul Tiwari to take appropriate action regarding defacement of public properties during the municipal corporation poll campaign.

The order was issued following a PIL filed by Ludhiana resident Randeep Singh.

MC Commissioner M S Jaggi said they had already constituted eight teams to remove the posters and banners. “Yesterday was the last day for withdrawal of nominations. So from today onwards,we are clear about the candidates. The teams have been told to remove the posters and banners and book the expenses in the candidates’ accounts,” he added.

However,till late in the evening,the hoardings and banners were in place in various wards.

DC Tiwari said,“I have already written to the MC Commissioner regarding this and we are expecting to get reports of action taken from tomorrow onwards.”

During the Assembly elections,clear instructions were issued to the printers to write their address and phone number on the posters being published by them. However,no such instructions have been given for the MC elections. “We can book expenses to the candidates in those posters and banners only where the name of printer is mentioned below,” the DC said. “If the name is not there,we are not able to book expenses in their account. It needs to be proved that the candidate himself got the material printed.”

Sources said the candidates were getting material published with no record of the printer. Later,they claim they do not know who is pasting their posters.

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