The Madras High Court has asked
authorities concerned to file their counter and status
reports by January 9 in a PIL seeking a direction to ban
flagpoles in public places.
A division bench of Justice M Satyanarayanan and
Justice P Rajamanickam, before which the plea came up
recently, said in an interim order that statutory provisions
would prima facie disclose that erection of flagpoles by any
political party or organization without license or permission
But the provisions are complied with rather in the
breach and local body authorities for reasons best know to
them turn a "blind eye to the said unlawful cases," the court
It said putting up flagpoles pose a threat to safety
of pedestrians and road-users and it may be the state's duty
to compensate the victims in the event of the poles
collapsing on them.
Therefore, the bench said, it is for the local bodies
to ensure no flagpoles come up on road margins or pavements or
arches without permission.
The plea, filed by A Radhakrishnan from Salem, said
one of the guidelines issued by the State Election Commission
was for removal of flagpoles of all political parties already
erected in public places.
He said the commission had issued direction to the
police and revenue officials to remove all flagpoles and
hoardings put up by the political parties.
Besides, the petitioner said, erecting flagpoles
temporarily during conferences and public meetings by digging
the ground endanger underground telecom cables and electric
cables, among others.
He said these activities violated the Tamil Nadu
Prevention of Public Property Damages and Loss Act.
Recording the submission, the bench directed the
registry to send a copy of the interim order to director of
Municipal administration and the Commissioner of Corporation
of Greater Chennai and DGP and posted the matter for further
hearing to January 9.
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