Madras High Court bans photos of living persons on banners

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The Madras High Court on Tuesday has disallowed use of photographs or pictures of living persons in banners, flex boards and signboards across the state, reports the Indian Express.

"In order to maintain a clean atmosphere in the entire State and to avoid unnecessary drawings on walls of buildings/residential places, this court directs the Chief Secretary to ensure that a clean atmosphere is maintained in that regard in the wards of the town panchayat/panchayat union/municipality/corporation etc". He also directed that photographs/pictures of persons sponsoring the photographs/pictures, shall also not be depicted.

Well, if you are living in Tamil Nadu and all exhausted of seeing politicians and actors on every second hoarding on the side of the road, this might be good news for you as the Madras High Court has banned the use of pictures of living persons on banners and hoardings in Tamil Nadu.

Kumari said that when she went to the police to lodge a compliant against Mathi, the police refused to register her complaint.

The judge has said that police action will be taken against people who do not follow the rule.

Thirulochana Kumari sought a direction to the Chennai corporation commissioner to remove the party board, banner and flag put up by Mathi in front of her house. She alleged that the person named Mathi, who was behind the erection of flags, even threatened her when she objected to the act. Arumbakkam inspector of police also appeared in person and said he had neither used any abusive words nor stated that a case would be registered under SCST Act. They also assured the Court that no such act would be allowed to take place in private residences in the future.

While the flagpost was removed initially, it was replaced by a signboard and part flag.

The court also ordered that if anyone objects to such banners & party flags being removed, the police should file a case against him or her.

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