Booked for staining signboards with ink in Chandigarh, a court on Saturday fined the Sector 40 resident, Baljit Singh Khalsa of Rs 7,500 under the Defacement Act. The accused was booked by the Chandigarh Police on July 17, under Delhi Defacement of Public Property Act after he smeared ink on signboards around the deputy commissioner’s office in Sector 17, which were not displaying signs in Punjabi.
According to police, on July 17, Khalsa threw black paint at the signage alleging that they should have been written in Punjabi as well. Police said that Khalsa came to the DC office around 7 am with a bucketfull of black paint and a tumbler and defaced the signage directing towards the DC office. Khalsa smeared the black paint on three to four signboards around the DC building and argued that Chandigarh Administration should change all signage on roads, in public offices and at public places in English, Hindi and also in Punjabi in the Union Territory.
The court convicted Khalsa under this act as Chandigarh is following the Delhi Defacement Of Property Act since it has more stringent punishment for the violators. Four others fined for defacement. The court on Saturday fined four others for defacement and imposed a fine Rs 7,500 each in separate cases. They were held guilty for pasting posters promoting their business on city walls.