Mar. 12/2020 – The Supreme Court of India refused to put hold a direction imposed by Allahabad High Court on March 9 stating Uttar Pradesh government to remove the roadside posters which contain the photographs of the persons who were engaged in violent anti-CAA protests causing damage to public property in Lucknow.
Hearing the plea of the UP government, the apex court stated that there is no law, as of now, which supports such move of putting up roadside posters in public. It also added that the matter needs further elaboration and consideration.
A vacation bench of justices U U Lalit and Aniruddha Bose said a bench of sufficient strength would look up the matter next week and also directed the state administration to clear those posters of the accused of vandalism during the protests.
Keeping the government stance, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta confirmed the bench that the posters were put up as a deterrent and the hoardings only hinted that these persons were liable to pay for their alleged acts during the violence. The court also pitched for stringent action to be taken against the people involved in the violent protests.