The Allahabad High Court on Monday ordered the removal of posters put up by the Uttar Pradesh government in Lucknow which have information and photographs of alleged ‘vandals’, who were being asked to pay compensation for the damage of property during anti-CAA protests.
The court directed the district magistrate and divisional commissioner of Lucknow to get the posters/hoardings removed by March 16 and submit a report in this regard. It held that putting up the posters was “unwarranted interference in the privacy of people”.
Taking up the matter on Sunday, a bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha, termed the action of Uttar Pradesh authorities as “highly unjust” and said it was an absolute encroachment on personal liberty of individuals.
It later adjourned the matter till 3 pm as Additional Advocate General Neeraj Tripathi informed the court that Advocate General would represent the state government in this matter.
As the bench rose, it expressed the hope that “good sense would prevail” on the state and it would remove the hoardings before 3 pm and apprise the court about this at that time.
When the hearing resumed, Advocate General Raghvendra Pratap Singh contended that the court should not interfere in such a matter as a public interest litigation as those involved have damaged public and private property.
The Advocate General termed the act of the state government in putting up the posters of alleged CAA protesters as a ‘deterrent’, so that such incidents of violence are not repeated in future.
The state police have put up several hoardings across Lucknow identifying those accused of violence during the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 in December last year.