Monday, April 6, 2009

Of posters and lawyers

I dont know how many of you know this, but in april last year, a division bench of the High Court, Madras passed orders directing that no posters or digital banners can be put up without permission from the District Collector, Madras and laying down stringent conditions for the same. The Court passed orders after hearing a lawyer appointed amicus curaie in the matter. However, digital banners continue to abound and one does not see any public spirited non lawyer professional (such a category does not exist probably) doing anything to uphold the rule of law. Did I mention that newspapers do not seem to pay much heed to this too.

CM's grandson Arivunidhi files complaint
5 Apr 2009, 0303 hrs IST, TNN

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CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi's grandson MKM Arivunidhi on Saturday met the city police commissioner and complained that
miscreants had damaged banners and posters put up by his supporters in several parts of the city. The posters and banners were put up to welcome him for a function to be held in Santhome to inaugurate the activities of a private educational trust on Sunday.

Arivunidhi is the son of actor M K Muthu, Karunanidhi's eldest son born to his first wife. Muthu's family had reunited with the Chief Minister's family a few months ago after an estrangement that lasted nearly two decades.

"It is unfair to tear off the banners and posters. I suspect the handi-work of anti-social elements in this incident. It is not a political function. I have been informed that at least 15 to 20 posters have been damaged along Anna Salai till Saidapet," Arivunidhi said.

"I am not sure if the anti-socials belong to any political party. But this function is a non-political programme organised for a social cause," Arivunidhi said. Senior musicians M S Viswanathan and Ramamurthy are slated to participate in the musical event, which Arivunidhi will inaugarate on Sunday.

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