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    High Court Directs UP Govt To Remove ‘Name And Shame’ Posters Of Anti-CAA Protesters

    The Allahabad HC pointed out there were lakhs of other people who faced serious charges but their names and photographs have not been subjected to publicity

    The Allahabad High Court on March 9th, 2020 ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to remove the hoardings displaying the names and photographs of more than two dozen people who were alleged to be involved in destroying the public properties in Lucknow during the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA).

    A bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha ordered the Lucknow district magistrate and the commissioner to forthwith remove the banners from the roadside. The High Court said it was “an unwarranted interference into the privacy of people”.

    It also pointed out there were lakhs of other people who faced serious charges but their names and photographs have not been subjected to publicity.

    The court directed the state government “not to put up such a banner on the roadside without the authority of the law”. The Yogi Adityanatha government has incurred criticism over iron hand approach during the anti-CAA protests in December 2019.

    The High Court has taken suo motu cognisance of the matter on March 8th, 2020 and took up the matter for consideration. It has said good sense should prevail and the state government should remove the hoardings by 3 pm on March 8th, 2020.

    The state government, however, raised a preliminary objection to the Allahabad High Court considering the matter, it said the matter fell within the jurisdiction of the Lucknow bench. The government also defended the move saying it was intended to ensure strict observance of the law and to deter other people from causing destruction of the public properties.

    Rejecting the contention of the state government, the High Court pronounced its order and sought a compliance report by March 16th, 2020.

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