New Delhi: In a rare move, the Allahabad High Court on Sunday (a court holiday) heard the case of Uttar Pradesh Government’s decision of putting up hoardings for ‘name and shame’ of those accused of violence during protests against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The court has reserved its verdict on the matter and is expected to deliver the same on Monday afternoon. Also Read - UP Reports First Coronavirus Death, 25-year-old Man Hid His Travel Information
The hoardings, carrying the names, photos and addresses of the accused, were put up at prominent intersections in Lucknow. Those named were also asked to pay for damage to public property during the protests in Lucknow, in which one person had died. Also Read - Coronavirus: Day After CM Yogi's Visit, Noida Firm Sealed For Owner Not Disclosing Travel History
Taking suo motu cognizance of the hoardings, Chief Justice Govind Mathur had asked Lucknow commissioner of police Sujit Pandey and district magistrate Abhishek Prakash to explain the law under which the hoardings were put up at prominent intersections in the city. He further questioned them if the government was not encroaching on personal space and liberty of citizens. Also Read - Gautam Buddh Nagar DM Applies For 'Leave' After UP CM Pulls Him Publicly Over 'Lapses' in COVID-19 Management
Expressing hope, the Chief Justice urged that corrective action be taken before the hearing begins in tomorrow afternoon.
On Thursday night, several hoardings were erected at prominent crossings of Lucknow with photos and addresses of 53 anti-CAA protesters including activist-politician Sadaf Jafar, lawyer Mohammed Shoaib, theatre personality Deepak Kabir and former IPS officer SR Darapuri. At present, all these people are out on bail.
On Friday, sources in the Chief Minister’s Office sent an unsigned two-page note justifying the hoardings. They said they were put up keeping larger public interest in mind and after following all rules.