Lucknow: Hearing a petition by the Yogi Adityanath government on ‘name and shame’ posters on Thursday, the Supreme Court told the Uttar Pradesh government that its decision to put up hoardings identifying anti-CAA protesters had no backing in law. Also Read - After Hauling UP Govt For 'Name and Shame' Hoardings, Allahabad HC Reserves Order Until Tomorrow
The bench hearing the case comprised of justices U U Lalit and Aniruddha Bose, while Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, represented the Uttar Pradesh government. Also Read - Name And Shame Hoardings in UP: Allahabad HC Takes Suo Motu Cognizance, Hearing at 3 PM Today
“As of now, there is no law that can back your action,” the bench told the government, highlighting the issue of privacy.
Submitting his argument for Uttar Pradesh government before the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the right to privacy has several dimensions and argued that people who resort to violence and point guns during a protest cannot claim the right to privacy.
Responding to his argument, the Supreme Court bench reiterated that there is perhaps no law to back state govt’s decision.
However, the apex court listed the issue for further hearing next week by a larger bench of three, while refusing to stay an Allahabad High Court order directing the removal of the posters.
Justices U U Lalit and Aniruddha Bose observed that the matter would need further consideration by a bench of sufficient strength, which will begin hearing the matter next week.
On Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh government had moved the Supreme Court challenging the Allahabad High Court order directing the state administration to remove posters of those accused of vandalism during anti-CAA protests.
The high court had ordered the immediate removal of roadside posters in Lucknow with names and photos of those accused of vandalism during the anti-CAA protests, observing that the police action was an “unwarranted interference” in the privacy of people.
In its order, the high court had observed that action of the authorities was a violation of Article 21 of the Constitution under which no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to the procedure established by law.
The posters bearing the photographs, names and addresses of those accused of vandalism during the anti-CAA protests had come up late on March 5 night, triggering a controversy.