Chennai, Oct 25: The Madras High Court has banned the display of photos and pictures of living persons on banners, flex boards and sign boards in Tamil Nadu. The order by Justice S Vaidyanathan was issued on Tuesday on a petition filed by B Thirulochana Kumari. Also Read - Unable to Break Open ATM, Robbers Steal The Whole Machine in Tamil Nadu's Tiruppur
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An irked Kumari, a resident of Rani Anna Nagar, had asked the court to order the Chennai Corporation and the city commissioner of police to initiate the removal of party banners and flags put up in front of her property. She alleged that the person named Mathi, who was behind the erection of flags, even threatened her when she objected to the act. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Enjoys Palm Fruit With Locals in Tamil Nadu's Kanyakumari, Video Goes Viral | Watch
She also accused the police of refusing to take her complaint against Mathi and threatening to charge her under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The judge in his order said that if any banner or party flag post are erected, it should be removed forthwith. Delivering the order further, he said that the name, address and other information about the person, who objects to such removal of party flag or banner, etc., shall be furnished to the police so that appropriate action can be taken against the person.