Illegal Hoardings Case: Bombay High Court Issues Notices to Political Parties for Violation of Undertakings and Court Orders

Illegal Hoardings Case: Bombay High Court Issues Notices to Political Parties for Violation of Undertakings and Court Orders

On Friday, the Bombay High Court issued notices to four political parties asking them to explain why their workers erect illegal banners and hoardings on public roads.

The Court was hearing a Public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Suswarajya Foundation, which brought to the notice of the Court, the issue of large number of illegal hoardings and banners put up by political parties. Earlier, the High Court had issued several orders holding that such illegal hoardings deface public roads and places and had directed civic bodies to take strict action in such cases.

The Court had also sought undertakings from political parties, following which, the office bearers of the Republican Party of India (RPI), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had filed undertakings assuring the Court that their workers would not put up hoardings and banners on public roads and places without requisite permission from the concerned authorities.

However, last week, the petitioner informed the Court that there are large number of hoardings put up everywhere inspite of the assurances and orders from court and also submitted photos of the hoardings in support of the claim.

Taking note of submission by the petitioner, the Court issued notices to the office bearers of the aforesaid four political parties, saying that, "We call upon the said political parties to disclose as to why large number of hoardings are displayed by their party workers. We also want them to explain what action they have taken against their workers for indulging in such illegal activities".

The matter was posted for further hearing on December 7, 2018.