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Madras HC bans use of pictures of living persons in banners, hoardings

Legal News, Nation, (Chennai), October 24:-In a blanket order, the Madras High Court today banned depiction of pictures of living persons on banners and hoardings, even if prior permission was obtained for erecting them, and the pictures of those sponsoring them in it.

Passing orders on a petition filed by a woman, Justice S Vaidyanathan said ‘in order to maintain a clean atmosphere in the state and to avoid unnecessary drawings on the walls of buildings, residential places, this court directs the Chief Secretary to ensure that the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1959 was complied with.

He said even if permission was given by the authorities concerned for erecting banners, flex boards and signboards, they should ensure that the photographs, pictures of such persons, who were alive, should not be depicted on them.

It was further directed to ensure that the photographs and pictures of the persons, who were sponsoring such banners, should also not be depicted,” Justice Vidyanathan said and treated the petition as closed after an assurance given by the Chennai Corporation authorities.

In her plea, B Thirulochana Kumari, a resident of Rani Anna Nagar, sought a direction to the Chennai Corporation and the Chennai City Police Commissioner to take appropriate steps to remove political party banners and flags put up by one Mathi that blocked passage to her property.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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