Incidentally, before Amit Shah’s visit to the city, while driving back from the airport the judge said she witnessed some of these hoardings being erected along main roads which lead to pavements being blocked. Banerjee said she was taken aback by how rules were being flouted rampantly.
Bringing the matter up during a court proceeding, the Chief Justice sought to know from the Advocate General Vijay Narayan about such unchecked installation of hoardings and flex boards in the city. She also wanted to know how the practice was being carried out despite detailed court orders against it, including one by a division bench led by her.
Pointing out that the order has failed to stop people from putting up these boards and banners, the Chief Justice suggested that notices should be issued to those who had erected the boards illegally. Here, unlike the usual scenario where the Advocate General jumps to the defence of officials, he told the court that any further failure in implementing the rules should result in the concerned officials being summoned.
At least now, it has become common knowledge that if not for the prodding, the officials are not bound to act on the issue, especially when it is likely to irk their political bosses.