Madras High Court bans photos of living persons on banners

The court also directed the chief secretary to send a circular in this regard to all office-bearers of the wards of the town panchayat, panchayat union, municipality and corporation.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: October 25, 2017 7:10 am
Madras High Court, Madras, chennai, tamil nadu, ban on photographs of living persons on banners,  ban on photographs, photos on banner, Hoardings, Chennai Corporation, Indian express news The petitioner submitted that in April, a person named Mathi put up a party flag in front of her property. When she objected, Kumari was allegedly threatened by party workers.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday banned the use of “photographs or pictures” of living persons on “banners, flex boards, signboards” across the state.

In its direction to the state chief secretary, the court said: “If at all any permission is given by the authority concerned for erecting banners, flex boards, signboards, etc, the authority concerned shall ensure that the photographs or pictures of such persons who are alive shall not be depicted by way of those banners, flex boards, signboards etc.”

Justice S Vaidyanathan issued the order while hearing a petition filed by B Thirulochana Kumari, a resident of Rani Anna Nagar, who asked the court to direct the Chennai Corporation and the city commissioner of police to remove party banners and flags put up in front of her property.

The petitioner submitted that in April, a person named Mathi put up a party flag in front of her property. When she objected, Kumari was allegedly threatened by party workers. She then reportedly approached the Chennai Corporation and the police, but the latter refused to file her complaint.

While the flag post was later removed, a signboard and party flag were put up at the same place. Kumari complained that when she approached the Arumbakkam police station again, she was warned that a case would be registered against her under the provisions of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

During the hearing, however, the concerned government departments, including the city corporation officials, submitted to the court that the banners and flags erected in front of Kumari’s property would be removed.

The court then directed the chief secretary to ensure that the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1959 were complied with.

“It is further directed to ensure that the photographs or pictures of the persons, who are sponsoring such banners, shall also not be depicted,” said Justice Vaidyanathan.

The court also directed the chief secretary to send a circular in this regard to all office-bearers of the wards of the town panchayat, panchayat union, municipality and corporation.

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    Prasad K
    Oct 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm
    This is the judgement of a High Court! Stupendous! Unbelievable? High Court Judge?? Really? Is the report correct?! Can someone please inform the SC about standards the collegium applies!
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      Prasad K
      Oct 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm
      Insane Idea!! Does this apply to models also?!
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        vasu
        Oct 25, 2017 at 1:32 pm
        Excellent Order, it was hard to distinguish the difference between obituary and live people pasted all across public places in TN.
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          Kamal Pasha
          Oct 25, 2017 at 12:56 pm
          The display of living persons have been banned. So what's? If any body want to display the photo of Yohgi, he can display the picture of Gau Mata and everybody will know whom Gau Mata represent and if somebody want to display Modi's picture, they can display the picture with wordings MAN KEE BAAT and so on.
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            Rana
            Oct 25, 2017 at 3:33 pm
            Hey..napaki don't poke your nose here.TTP is taking care of you.
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            Raj
            Oct 25, 2017 at 11:24 am
            "...banned the use of “photographs or pictures” of living persons on “banners, flex boards, signboards” Genius - so no movie dings or advertising bill boards showing actors and models either then..!
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