The Karnataka High Court on Friday sought an explanation from the state government on how private entities are displaying their advertisements on hoardings put in place to spread awareness on COVID-19..In July, the Court had allowed the state government and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to display hoardings in the city of Bengaluru for creating awareness about the safety measures for preventing the spread of COVID-19..The Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice Ashok S Kinagi was informed that the hoardings published in the name of the Department of Health and Family Welfare included advertisements of various private agencies.In this light, the Court said,."The order dated 15th July 2020 is being prima facie misused by the state government. The state government is put to notice to state why the said order should not be revoked."Karnataka High Court.Pursuant to the July 15 order which allowed hoardings to be put up for displaying information on COVID-19, the state government had appointed an agency to display the advertisements..The private entities contended that they were permitted to put up their advertisements on the basis of a letter dated July 20 addressed by the Director, Department of Health and Family Welfare. .In response to this submission, the Court said in its order,."The state government will inform the private entities not to act upon the said letter. Moreover the state government will take immediate steps for removing all the hoardings which are displayed containing advertisements of (x enterprise) which are displayed in various parts of the city.".The Court further held, ."It is the duty of the state government to ensure that the advertisement hoardings which are displayed on the basis of order dated 15th July 2020 which contain any private advertisements are immediately pulled down and removed from the sites."Karnataka High Court.The Bench further cautioned the government that it would revoke the permission granted in its July 15 order, if permission is going to be misused. ."We will revoke the permission granted to state government, the permission is being misused now.".As the hearing concluded, the Bench urged the government to recover the amount from private entities for displaying advertisements. .The matter will be next heard on September 25.