Published On: Mon, Mar 9th, 2020

Remove ‘name and shame’ hoardings: Allahabad HC

Prayagraj: The Allahabad High Court, on Monday, ordered the district magistrate of Lucknow and police commissioner to remove the name-and-shame hoardings with immediate effect.

The verdict, reserved on Sunday, was delivered on Monday

The court asked the two officials to submit its report on the matter by March 16 which is the next date of hearing.

The court observed that the district administration had no right to put up photographs since this was a violation of one’s privacy.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Govind Mathur, had taken suo motu cognizance of the 100 odd hoardings that were put up on road crossings on Friday and the court heard the case on Sunday even though it was a holiday.

The verdict, reserved on Sunday, was delivered on Monday.

Government sources said that the state government would challenge the High Court verdict in the Supreme Court since chief minister Yogi Adityanath firmly believed that the name-and-shame hoardings would work as a major deterrent for those who damage public property.

The court has also asked the district magistrate and divisional police commissioner to explain the law under which the hoardings have been put up in Lucknow.

The hoardings carried photographs of anti-CAA protesters along with their names, photographs and residential addresses.

The accused alleged that the hoardings would make them vulnerable to mob attacks.

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