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PTI Chennai
Updated: 08-12-2018 17:49 IST

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

was prohibited.

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

said recently.

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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