New Delhi: Two days after the Allahabad High Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to take down hoardings of anti-CAA protesters put up across Lucknow, the state government on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against the order, seeking to overturn the same. Also Read - Take Down Hoardings Featuring Photos And Names of Anti-CAA Protesters: Allahabad HC Rebukes UP Govt
Earlier, a two-judge bench of the High Court, headed by Chief Justice Govind Mathur and also comprising Justice Ramesh Sinha, took suo moto cognisance and, in a rare move, heard the case on Sunday, a day on which the court observes holiday. It had reserved its order and delivered it on Monday afternoon. Also Read - After Hauling UP Govt For 'Name and Shame' Hoardings, Allahabad HC Reserves Order Until Tomorrow
Today, state Advocate General Raghvendra Singh said, “The Uttar Pradesh Govt has knocked the doors of the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court’s order to immediately remove the posters of those accused persons allegedly involved in vandalism during the CAA protests in the state.” Also Read - Name And Shame Hoardings in UP: Allahabad HC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance, Hearing at 3 PM Today
The apex court will take up the matter on Thursday.
A controversy had erupted after the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh put up ‘name and shame’ posters across Lucknow, with names, photos and addresses of those it accuses to be involved in the violent anti-CAA protests that took place in various cities of the state.
In its hearing, the court had called the government’s move an ‘unwarranted interference in the privacy of people,’ adding that it was in violation of the Constitution as well.
It had directed the Lucknow District Magistrate to file a compliance report by March 16.