High court angry over public display of ‘name and shame’ hoardings in Lucknow

Allahabad High Court asked under which law hoardings were installed.

Placing posters of anti-CAA protesters is very unjust.

Prayagraj, March 08: The Allahabad High Court has expressed its displeasure over the hoardings bearing names, address and photos  of accused involved in arson during violent protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act(CAA) on December 19, 2019 in Lucknow.

The state government had installed hoardings of people who had damaged public property in the December 19 violence in Lucknow. In this case, the Chief Justice of the High Court Govind Mathur took suo motu cognizance.

A bench of Chief Justice Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha heard this on Sunday. The bench said the government’s action to put up posters of alleged anti-CAA protesters is highly unjust. It is an encroachment on the personal freedom of the people concerned.

In this case, the Chief Justice of the High Court took the hearing on Sunday morning after taking suo motu cognizance. After this, the court asked the officers to file the reply till 3 pm. After the hearing in the afternoon, the court reserved the judgment order. The bench headed by Chief Justice will give its verdict on this at 2 pm on Monday.

DM and police commission were summoned

The court told the officials of the state government that no such act should be done, which hurt someone’s sentiments. The posting of posters is an insult to the government as well as to the citizens. The Chief Justice had also summoned the Police Commissioner and DM of Lucknow. After this, DCP North on behalf of the Police Commissioner and ADM on behalf of DM were sent.

This violation of the right to privacy: High Court

The Bench of Chief Justice asked the DM and Police Commissioner of Lucknow under which law such posters were put up on the streets of Lucknow. It is wrong to put a photo or poster of a person concerned in public place without his or her permission. This is a violation of the right to privacy.

88 lakhs repuees recovery notice to 57 people

On December 19, 2019, several vehicles were also burnt by vandalists in the four police station areas of Lucknow, Thakurganj, Hazratganj, Kesarbagh and Hasanganj after Friday prayers. The state government had asked the rioters to make up for the loss.

After this, the police sent notices to more than 150 people based on the photo video. After investigation, the administration found 57 people guilty of damaging public property. They were asked to recover the loss of about 88 lakh rupees.

Hoardings placed in riots area

On the night of March 5, the administration put up hoardings bearing the names, addresses and photographs of the 57 accused. This action was carried out in riot areas. The hoardings were also said to have collected Rs 88, 62,537 from 57 people in Hasanganj, Hazratganj, Kesarbagh and Thakurganj areas.

Lucknow DM Abhishek Prakash said If these people do not pay the fine on time, then their property will be attached.

People mentioned in hoarding said – threat of mob lynching

Those who mentioned in the hoardings were include IPS SR Darapuri, activist Sadaf Zafar and Deepak Kabir.

Kabir said that the government is creating an atmosphere of fear. Mob lynching can occur anywhere from those whose names and photos are on the hoarding. The atmosphere has not remained safe after the Delhi violence. The government is working to endanger everyone.

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