The Madras High Court on Friday came down heavily on the Government for failing to implement its interim order banning installation of hoardings by political parties wondering how much blood ought to be spilt on the road before the bureaucrats become sensitive to this issue.
In a hearing, the bench slammed the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities in implementing the court orders while reading out all its directions passed since 2018. Describing the government as ‘blood thirsty’ and that it has lost trust in it, the bench held that other than shifting the Secretariat to the High Court every direction has been offered regards illegal hoardings and banners.
Also, pointing out lapses in the FIR where the aspect of banners being behind the girl’s death does not figure, the bench held that the court is set to monitor the probe and directed the alteration of FIR to rope in Jayapaul on whose behest the hoardings were installed.
The bench also directed the State to initiate disciplinary action against the corporation and police officials who failed to enforce the rules and provide adequate interim compensation of Rs.5 Lakhs to the father of the victim girl.
“It is open to recover the same from the concerned officials who may be found guilty of negligence, infractions and inactions of the relevant rules, laws, regulations, directions and orders,” the bench held while directing the Commissioner of Police to monitor the investigation of the two cases filed in this regard.
The bench also directed the Pallikaranai and St Thomas Mount police stations traffic wing to file status report on the progress of investigation and sought the political parties roped in the case to file an affidavit that it would stall its cadres from hereafter installing any kind of banners on roads.
The court also wanted the Government to come up with a concrete plan for implementing the ban on hoardings.