The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging a diktat of the Allahabad High Court directing it to remove the posters put up by it in Lucknow having information and photographs of alleged ‘vandals’, who were being asked to pay compensation for the damage of property during anti-CAA protests. The Supreme Court is likely to hear the appeal by the Yogi Adityanath government on March 12.
The high court had on Monday 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”.
However, two days after the direction, the government did not remove the posters and has now moved the apex court against the high court’s direction.
Notably, the high court’s division bench of 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. The state government had tried to justify its action as a “deterrent” for protestors who damage public properties.
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.