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  • The Madras High Court on Tuesday criticised the practise of putting up political posters, cutouts, and banners for minor ceremonies that obstruct pedestrian and vehicular movement.
  • A bench consisting of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu was hearing a Public Interest Litigation petition from E R Mohanraj of Villupuramin which he claimed that a boy died after being electrocuted while erecting a DMK flagpole for an event.
  • "It is especially dangerous when temporary constructions are put up at intersections in the form of welcome arches or gates to invite political leaders", the Court observed.


  • The Court took note of the complaint that posters, festoons, buntings, and cut-outs of political leaders frequently block sidewalks and pathways along with highways and even parts of roads.
  • Advocate General R Shunmugasundaram, representing the State administration, informed the Court that Chief Minister MK Stalin had banned the use of banners, posters, and cutouts.
  • Despite this assurance, the Court noted that temporary structures of this sort could be seen all throughout the city.
  • Following that, the Court ordered the State government to draft detailed guidelines and take appropriate actions to prohibit such a practice.
  • Counter-affidavits were ordered to be filed before the next hearing date, which is set for November 30.

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