The Himachal Pradesh High Court Monday banned all sorts of wall writings, pasting of posters, cut-outs, hoardings, banners and political flags on government property and also directed the Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) to ensure strict compliance of orders during the assembly polls. Other than these, use of non-biodegradable material and defacement of permanent and semi-permanent nature will also remain prohibited during the polls, the court said.
A division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Ajay Mohan Goel passed the orders on a petition filed by a local resident Devan Khanna, who feared that wall writing and other forms of campaign is being planned by the contesting candidates during the elections. The court also directed the police to help the authorities in enforcement of the orders. The bench directed the CEO to immediately pass the orders to all district election officers and returning officers asking them to strictly enforce the guidelines during their campaigns.
“No wall writing, pasting of posters/papers or defacement in any other form,or erecting/displaying of cutouts ,hoardings ,banners ,flags etc shall be permitted on any government premise,” the order read. It also clarified that order will be applicable for government offices and campus where the building is located. The order also ordered that any wall writings or advertisements made by the candidates, their suppoters or parties shall have to be removed from public places or the places of public view. Use of non-biodegradable material for advertisements will not be allowed as it damages the environment, the bench said.