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Supreme Court to hear tomorrow plea by UP govt against Allahabad High Court order for removal of anti-CAA "name and shame" banners

Shruti Mahajan

The Uttar Pradesh government has moved the Supreme Court against the order of the Allahabad High Court directing for removal of the "name and shame" banners of anti-CAA protesters.

The Vacation Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices UU Lalit and Aniruddha Bose sitting during the Holi break will hear the plea on Thursday, March 12.

The Allahabad High Court on March 5 had ordered the Uttar Pradesh police to remove hoardings displaying photographs of those accused of destroying public property amidst anti-CAA protests held in the state last December.

The Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Ramesh Sinha had taken up the matter suo motu on Sunday morning, when the Court pulled up the state authorities for putting up the hoardings.

Additional Advocate General Neeraj Tripathi had appeared for the State in the morning. The Court, thereafter, directed the State to report back to Court at 3 pm the same day.

The Bench reserved orders in the matter following the afternoon hearing. Advocate General Raghvendra Singh had argued that the High Court Bench had no jurisdiction to take up this matter suo motu, given that the posters were displayed in Lucknow.

Chief Justice Mathur, however, responded that the High Court has jurisdiction over matters concerning the entire state.

The banners in question had displayed pictures of accused who had allegedly caused damage to public property during the anti-CAA-NRC protests that took place on December 19, 2019.

The personal details of over 50 accused, mentioning that they are "Joint and Severally" liable to pay Rs. 64,37,637/- to the government were thereby exhibited.

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