February 5, 2009 1:16:27 am
In a blatant violation of the Allahabad High Court order banning the use of posters,banners,hoardings and other advertisement material on roads,several political parties have put up such material all over the city.
The leaders violating the order include BSP Lok Sabha candidate from Phoolpur Kapil Muni Karvariya,Cabinet minister Nand Gopal Gupta,BSP candidate from Allahabad Lok Sabha seat Ashok Bajpai,SP members Shyma Charan Gupta and Pervej Ahmad. The list of violators even includes the district information office.
Hoardings have come up at public places like the Civil Lines crossing,district collectorate campus,Kotha Parcha,George Town,Mumfordganj and Lucknow Road.
A hoarding of Chief Minister Mayawati stands at the Civil Lines crossing. Assistant Director of Information R P Dwivedi,however,claimed that the hoarding,which lists several schemes of the BSP government,have been put up by the ruling party.
Anand Mohan,a social activist,said: While the High Court order acts as a deterrent to commercial advertisements,the political parties have created a mess by fixing hoardings. He added: Even the district administration flouted the order and put up two hoardings of Chief Minister Mayawati at the district collectorate campus. I am going to file a contempt case against these leaders and parties.
Municipal Commissioner Ashok Kumar,while expressing his ignorance about the High Court order,said: If there is any High Court order on the issue,I will initiate action against the leaders and advertisers who had put up hoardings in public places.
BSP leader Ashok Bajpai said: I am not aware of any hoarding featuring me in Civil Lines. But if this is the case,I will ask my supporters to remove it.
Pervez Ahmad,an SP leader,had a different reason to cite: After seeing so many hoardings of the ruling party leaders in the Civil Lines,I have also put up my hoarding.
On March 15,2005,the High Court had passed an order on a PIL filed by Anand Mohan,prohibiting posters,banners,hoardings,arcades,gates and barricading fixed by pitching poles on the metal roads,causing traffic obstructions and encroachment. It also disallowed defacement of public buildings and boundary walls.The court had directed the Allahabad municipal commissioner to ensure that no hoarding or advertisement material should be fixed in public places even if the roads are not disturbed. This implies a complete prohibition of ad materials in all forms.
The Division Bench,comprising Justices A K Yog and B B Agrawal,had ruled: It should be the liability of the Allahabad Municipal Commissioner and the senior superintendent of police to ensure compliance with the order and submit report of actions taken against the erring officials.
The state government and Allahabad Municipal Corporation had filed a Special Leave Petition (SLP) against this order at the Supreme Court. On October 24,2005,the court had dismissed the SLP after hearing the petitioners and respondent Anand Mohan.
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